Dealing with the highs and lows of being a teenager can be a challenge. Much more so when you grow up far away from everything you once called home.Sajia, Farwardeen, and Farhad are three Afghan teenagers* who have something in common besides age and nationality. Together with their mothers and siblings, they all fled domestic violence in their country and found shelter in a safe home in Islamabad, Pakistan’s capital city.
Largely unnoticed by the mainstream media, an innovative private-public initiative involving faith-based communities and government is facilitating refugees enter Europe since 2015. The year 2015 saw an unprecedented number of refugees arriving in Europe. More than one million people were risking their lives to cross the Mediterranean Sea with thousands perishing in perilous journeys at the hands of people smugglers.
The International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC) called on governments to replicate and expand successful, innovative pathways to welcome refugees already adopted by several countries. We need “solutions like increased mechanisms for resettlement, humanitarian corridors, orderly departure and orderly reception, labor migration channels for refugees, [and] community-based private sponsorship,” said Mantalin Kyrou, ICMC’s Policy Associate.
A soon-to-be-launched global advocacy document will urge governments to act to end drivers of forced displacement, facilitate pathways for safe migration, and ensure decent living conditions, all of which while combatting mounting xenophobia.
The International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC) welcomed the resolution on “Unaccompanied migrant children and adolescents and human rights” adopted by the Human Rights Council on 29 September. The Human Rights Council voiced concern about the risks faced by unaccompanied or separated children who may suffer grave abuses and human rights violations in countries of transit or destination.