On 8 February, Catholics are invited to host or attend prayer services to support survivors of modern-day slavery. The International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Trafficking in Persons 2018 spotlights the vulnerability of people on the move — migrants, refugees and internally displaced people — to human trafficking.
Gathering representatives from Catholic Bishops’ Conferences around the world, the ICMC Council will discern the Commission’s strategic direction for the next four years as well as appoint its new Governing Committee and President. The Council of the International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC) will meet in Rome from 6-8 March 2018.
The International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC) has announced the appointment of Stephane Jaquemet as its new Director of Policy. A lawyer and experienced humanitarian professional, Stephane Jaquemet will assume responsibilities as ICMC Director of Policy starting 1 February 2018.
The first — or “zero” — draft of a new Global Compact on Migration will be released for governments to begin related negotiations in early February 2018. February marks the beginning of negotiations among UN member states on a new agreement on principles, responsibilities and cooperation on challenges and opportunities in international migration.
A Syrian refugee boy is using photography to document the triumphs and challenges of his life in a host community in Jordan. Learning how to take photos has encouraged him to see things in a new way. Hasan*, 15, started taking photos of his life as a refugee in Mafraq six months ago. Mafraq is a frontier city in northern Jordan, close to the Syrian border.
The International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC) called for interaction and not mere complementarity between the two Global Compacts on Migration and Refugees currently in the making. In a statement delivered by Mantalin Kyrou, Policy Officer, at the annual UNHCR High Commissioner’s Dialogue in December, ICMC affirmed that “complementarity” is “too timid” an approach in front of the needs and reality of mixed flows of refugees and migrants.
Peter Sutherland died in Dublin on Sunday morning following an illness. Of Irish nationality, a barrister by profession and a Senior Counsel of the Irish Bar, Mr. Sutherland was an internationally recognized leader in the fields of business, trade, migration and integration.