World Refugee Day

On World Refugee Day, ICMC Deployee, Magnolia Turbidy talks about possible durable solutions for Syrian Refugees

GENEVA, 20 June 2014 (ICMC) - World Refugee Day on 20 June draws attention to the plight of over 45 million refugees worldwide. But rather than simply observe this important day, the international community must ask itself what are we going to concretely do?

As an international community we must assist refugees to find a durable solution to their plight. A durable solution can be the refugee’s integration into the host community, return to the country of origin, or resettlement in a third country. When the first two solutions are not attainable, resettlement can respond to the protection needs of the most vulnerable refugees. Read more

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Labour Migration

Working towards dignified labour for migrants

ROME, 11 July 2014 (ICMC) - Like people everywhere, migrants desire access to decent working conditions with social protection. Nevertheless, many will accept poor working conditions to earn money and feed their families. ICMC members consistently mention the importance of decent, sustainable work “at home” so that migration remains a choice rather than a necessity.Read more

ICMC contributes to High level meeting on resettlement of Syrian refugees

BRUSSELS, 26 June 2014 (ICMC) - As States gather tomorrow in Geneva to discuss resettlement and other forms of admission to ensure safe access for refugees fleeing the war in Syria, ICMC, and NGOs across Europe call for increased commitments to admit more refugees and recalls that NGOs stand ready to support the reception of refugees in Europe. At the High-Level meeting on resettlement of Syrian refugees hosted by UNHCR, States will have the opportunity to announce further resettlement and humanitarian admission programmes for Syrian refugees. UNHCR has set the target of providing resettlement and other forms of admission for 100,000 Syrian refugees in 2015 – 2016.Read more
GFMD 2014

900 Delegates attend 7th GFMD forum meeting

STOCKHOLM, 23 May 2014 (ICMC) - On 14 to 16 May 2014, Sweden hosted the 7th GFMD Forum Meeting in Stockholm with the overarching theme “Unlocking the potential of migration for inclusive development.” The meeting which gathered some 900 delegates from 140 countries and 30 international organizations kicked off on 14 May with a grand opening ceremony. Swedish Minister for Migration Tobias Billström and Swedish Minister from International Development Cooperation Hillevi Engström, gave welcome remarks while H.R.H. Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt delivered inspiring opening speeches.Read more
UNHCR NGO Consultations

UNHCR selects ICMC Malaysia to speak on community based programming that fosters leadership in Burmese women refugees

GENEVA, 19 June 2014 (ICMC) – Every year the UNHCR meets with NGO partners, such as ICMC, to share best practices, and discuss regional and global issues of mutual concern. This year – with more than 240 national and international NGOs - UNCHR selected the Refugee Women's Protection Corps programme (RWPC) to share its work enhancing women's leadership and participation within the Burmese refugee community in Malaysia.Read more
ICMC Europe

'A Place to Live, A Place to Stay' ICMC Europe launches new SHARE Good Practice Guide for housing in refugee resettlement

Brussels, 11 June 2014 (ICMC Europe) - In many European cities and municipalities, housing for migrants, refugees, asylum seekers and other vulnerable and low income groups is becoming increasingly difficult to find. For humanitarian programmes such as resettlement, which involves transferring a refugee from a country of first asylum to a European country, a lack of appropriate housing is increasingly highlighted as a factor affecting countries' readiness to receive refugees, for whom resettlement is often a lifesaving solution.Read more
ICMC Europe

ICMC and its partners call on the EU to further protect migrants and refugees

BRUSSELS, 11 June 2014 (ICMC) – In collaboration with Caritas Europa, Church’s Commission for Migrants in Europe, Eurodiaconia, and Jesuit Refugee Services, The International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC) has sent a letter to Mr. Herman Van Rompuy, urging the European Council to committ to the Strategic Guidelines on the Future of Home Affairs policies. To be adopted later this month, the Strategic Guidelines outline the right to family life, labour migration, non-discrimination and finally access to international protection.Read more