Pope Francis: It’s Not Just About Migrants; The Future of Humanity Is at Stake

“It is not only the cause of migrants that is at stake; it is not just about them, but about all of us and about the present and future of the human family,” says Pope Francis in a message for the upcoming World Day of Migrants and Refugees, which this year will be marked on 29 September.

Ensuring Safe Childbirth for Rural Women in Pakistan: Palwashay’s Story

For an Afghan refugee in rural Pakistan, giving birth is often a risky endeavor for mother and baby. Since January 2017, the International Catholic Migration Committee has been working with community health agents to reduce mortality rates and improve the well-being of women and children.

Is the Grass Always Greener on the Other Side? Dispelling Migration Myths in Guinea

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.

Not Just a Piece of Paper – Why Documents Matter to Refugees

Civil and legal documentation is vital for refugees as it protects their rights and allows them to access essential services such as education and healthcare. Meet Ahmad and Salma Bakir, parents of Mohammad and Zaid, who were living without a valid marriage certificate and were thus unable to register the birth of their children.

What Are the “Global Compacts” and How Will They Affect Migrants and Refugees?

In December 2018, UN member states will adopt the Global Compact for Migration and the Global Compact on Refugees. These international agreements introduce a new, comprehensive approach to address the needs of migrants and refugees around the world. In a series of short videos, ICMC Director of Policy Stéphane Jaquemet explains the Compacts, their intended effects and the role governments, civil society and faith-based organizations as well as individuals can play in their implementation.