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Burmese Refugees in Malaysia fight Gender Based Violence through community-based programming

MALAYSIA, 27 March 2014 (ICMC) – “A lot of women suffer from Gender Based Violence (GBV), but they don’t know how to ask for help. People don’t understand that survivors should be helped instead of blamed. We must change what we can now, only then will women gain equality and respect,” said Iang Chin Par, a Burmese refugee living in Malaysia and a member of the ICMC Refugee Women’s Protection Corps (RWPC).

The RWPC was formed by ICMC more than four years ago and has since served as the foundation of ICMC work and community-based approach to prevent and respond to GBV amongst Burmese refugees in Malaysia. With generous financial support from the US State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (BPRM), ICMC staff mentors, supervises and coordinates a group of around twenty RWPC volunteers from the Burmese refugee community to better address harmful gender inequalities.Read more

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The Coloured Ones: The unheard voices of albino refugees in Nyarugusu Camp, Tanzania

TANZANIA, 28 March 2014 (ICMC) – It was during my time as a resettlement expert that I first heard of the challenges faced by albino refugees in Nyarugusu Camp, Tanzania. Believed to have magic powers, albinos in this region are often attacked and sometimes killed, despite efforts by the Government to end such violent practices.  Read more
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Making "MADE": a migration and development network that links civil society all around the world

BRUSSELS, 14 March 2014 (ICMC) - It is always thrilling to start a new project, and even more so when that entails deepening collaboration with partners from all over the world. For ICMC and other civil society organizations working within ICMC’s new Migration And DEvelopment network, in short, “MADE”, much of the excitement comes from the opportunity to more consistently partner with and complement existing civil society groups. Read more
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ICMC joins civil society campaign to call on EUROPE to ACT NOW

Brussels, 12 March 2014 (ECRE) – The International Catholic Migration Commission, as part of the ECRE coalition of more than 100 NGOs across Europe, has launched Europe Act Now calling on European leaders to protect refugees fleeing the Syrian war. To date, just 81,000 Syrians have sought protection in the EU, Norway and Switzerland; representing only three percent of the total number of those who have fled. With a death toll of 130,000 and refugee numbers expected to escalate to four million by the end of 2014, this war marks one of the greatest humanitarian crisis of our time.Read more
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ICMC-coordinated side event at Human Rights Council advocates for migration issues to be placed on the Post-2015 Development Agenda

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
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ICMC Europe launches first SHARE Network Magazine

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
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Jason Bell helps children build new futures in third countries

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 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