An awareness-raising campaign focusing on human trafficking and gender-based violence in Malaysia invites people to join forces to eradicate these phenomena. As part of the annual 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence global campaign, Good Shepherd Services has published a series of stories and testimonies on human trafficking, a modern-day form of slavery.
What are the good practices that can improve the integration of migrants and refugees into host societies? What would be the mutual benefits of improved integration? A high-level panel will address these issues at a side event to the upcoming IOM Council meeting in Geneva on 30 November (13:00-15:00, Room XVII, Palais des Nations).
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) celebrated its 100th birthday this month at a Mass held during its general assembly in Maryland. In his homily, Cardinal Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, praised USCCB’s longtime migration and refugee work, saying that “the urgent need to welcome and integrate new waves of immigrants continues unabated” today as was the case when it began in 1917.
The new international agreement on refugees should embrace mechanisms that facilitate their admission and integration at the same time. In a statement delivered at the 4th-5th Thematic Discussion on the Global Compact on Refugees, the International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC) called for “mechanisms designed to connect global need for [refugee] resettlement and other admission pathways with national, local and family interests and capacity for solid integration.”
Sometimes small gestures of kindness can go a long way towards restoring a shared sense of humanity. For example, gestures like Muhammad’s, a Pakistani boy who inspired people to do more to support refugee children in Islamabad. Refugee children in Pakistan often struggle to access quality education. The public-school system is overstretched and the UN Refugee Agency only funds elementary school programs for children up to 10-11 years.
Migrant children often face grave human rights violations, including being deprived of their freedom, a rising feature of Europe’s migration policies. On the occasion of the 11th European Forum on the Rights of the Child held on 7-8 November in Brussels, a coalition of NGOs along with UN agencies and bodies called on European governments to end the practice of detaining migrant children.
A broad civil society coalition has put forward 10 priorities to help shape a key international agreement on migration that governments will negotiate in early 2018.
At a time in which the world has the largest number of refugees since World War II, community-based programs are providing people forced from their homes with resettlement and integration opportunities. Responding to the needs of uprooted people may seem an overwhelming task when a record 65.6 million people had been forcibly displaced worldwide by the end of 2016. Among them, nearly 22.1 million were refugees.