Small towns and municipalities are at the forefront of refugee resettlement and integration in Europe today. A new video series shows how people from different backgrounds are able to live together, enriching each others’ lives along the way.
The Vatican visit highlighted the continuing plight of refugees and migrants seeking sanctuary in Greece, especially on the Greek islands. While the delegation acknowledged the energies devoted to caring for refugees, it urged both the Greek government and the European Union to make still greater efforts to relieve their dire conditions.
We must recognize the dignity of migrants and our duty to welcome them, Italian Bishops say. And according to the head of the German Bishops Conference, that begins by saving their lives at sea.
For Mohammed, a young Guinean, emigrating to seek better perspectives seemed the obvious thing to do until he actually tried it. Like Mohammed, many young Guineans are pushed to undertake dangerous journeys by dire economic and social conditions. But some grassroots organizations are working to dispel myths surrounding migration.
Despite a climate of declining solidarity when it comes to international and European efforts to support refugees, there is much to celebrate for SHARE Integration.
The International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC) is supporting the Croatian government as the latter works to resettle 100 refugees currently in Turkey.
When poverty is rampant, labor opportunities are lacking and channels for legal migration are scarce, irregular migration appears to many as a viable alternative for a better life and a way to fulfill their family’s needs. This is the case in many West African countries, including Senegal.
Creating partnerships with local actors working on migration and integration, including civil society organizations, contributes to achieving that goal, say a group of 20 NGOs including ICMC Europe.
A new European Union proposal to handle the return of asylum-seekers whose claims have been rejected may be at odds with fundamental values.
More refugees than ever before are settling in smaller towns across Europe than ever before. These communities may face different challenges than their larger counterparts when it comes to welcoming refugees. Early in November, ICMC Europe’s SHARE Integration Project held an international conference in The Hague to discuss the integration of refugees in smaller municipalities across Europe.