||Voices From the Field
ETHIOPIA, 26 February 2014 (ICMC) - Although I have been working at the Mai Aini camp in Ethiopia for the past year, I never ceased to be amazed by the sight of hundreds of children running around, playing games, washing clothes and cooking meals with hardly any adults in the sight.
Placed within the hot and dusty hills of Ethopia’s northern Tigray region, The Mai Aini camp offers quite a contrast of the Iowa farmland of my youth. Despite a devastating border conflict with Eritrea from 1998-2000, Ethiopia now hosts tens of thousands of persons fleeing the very country it once fought against; approximately 1,000 of them are unaccompanied children.Read more
The latest from ICMC
GENEVA, 5 March 2014 (ICMC)
- Migration significantly contributed to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by raising incomes, funding investment in education and health care, supporting the creation of businesses and jobs; contributing to the transfer of knowledge, skills and ideas, and promoting investments and trade flows between countries of origin, transit and destination.
The current 8 MDGs, however, are set to expire in 2015 and are silent on migration issues. For this reason ICMC coordinated an important meeting on the second day of the annual session of the Human Rights
Council in Geneva to advocate for the inclusion of migrants and diaspora and their issues in the Post-2015 Development Agenda.Read more
BRUSSELS, 20 February 2014 (ICMC)
- The UN refugee agency believes that resettlement
is the only solution for 691,000 refugees around the world. Resettlement offers refugees living in protracted situations the chance to enjoy a secure life with rights and opportunities, and refugees in emergency situations to escape danger, access medical treatment and live in safety.
Yet resettlement goes far beyond simply moving to a third state; it also involves being received and integrated within a new society. For resettlement to be a truly durable solution, host countries must offer refugees the reception and integration they need to settle into their new homes, neighbourhoods and societies.Read more
JORDAN, 13 February 2014 (ICMC) - Ibtissam al Muhammad, a 26 year old mother from Deraa, Syria, fled to Jordan with her two small children. With little income, she struggles hard to protect her young family from harsh winter conditions.
After her arrival in Jordan, Ibtissam decided to bring her children to live with her mother-in-law in Sahkrah, a small place in Irbid, not far from the Syrian border.…… ‘Sahkra is full of Syrian refugees’, Ibtissam says,’ it feels more like home because not only is my mother in law here, but also because a few of my cousins from Deraa settled here’Read more
ICMC advocates for a safe and open Europe
GENEVA, 10 February 2014 (ICMC) - T
he 'Stockholm Programme,' the European Union’s current strategic guidelines on migration policies, asylum
and internal security, is set to be replaced by a new set of procedures that European heads of state will adopt in June. To feed into the new guidelines, EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmström hosted a consultation in Brussels last week, gathering representatives of EU countries, the European Parliament and national
parliaments, other EU institutions, international organizations, civil society organizations such as ICMC, academics and researchers.Read more
JORDAN, 7 February 2014 (ICMC)
– This week, ICMC Amman successfully completed its EU-funded winterization project in Jordan for Syrian refugees. Despite a country-wide shortage, ICMC identified reliable suppliers that were able to deliver the badly needed heaters and gas cylinders, during one of the coldest winters in many years.
For the second year in a row, with the funding support from the European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO), ICMC was among the very first NGOs in Jordan to complete winterization and successfully provide 825 vulnerable Syrian and Jordanian families with a gas heater, gas cylinder and 11 re-fill vouchers in the chilly wind-swept governorate of Ajloun.Read more
The International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC-Europe) today announces the decision of the European Commission to co-finance the continued expansion of the SHARE Network during 2014-15.
Since 2007, ICMC Europe has promoted refugee resettlement
as a key way in which European countries can provide durable solutions
for the world's most vulnerable refugees. With our partners IOM and UNHCR, ICMC developed the European Resettlement Network to advocate for more resettlement places in Europe and to build European resettlement capacity and expertise.In 2012 ICMC Europe launched the first SHARE project to fully recognize the central role of regional and local authorities and their civil society partners in aiding newly resettled refugees. Read more