New EU Resettlement Programme offers safe haven and new start for refugees
BRUSSELS, 29 March 2012—With the European Parliament vote on March 29th, the International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC) congratulates the European Union on adopting a formal framework for welcoming refugees in need of resettlement to Europe, and expressing its commitment to human rights, refugee protection and solidarity with those most in need.
We welcome the framework for increased cooperation and solidarity that the Joint EU Resettlement Programme provides, and hope that its establishment and joint government –civil society partnerships will mark the beginning of an increase in both the quantity of resettlement places and quality of support and integration programmes offered by Europe.
At ICMC, we work to facilitate exchange, information sharing and mutual learning about resettlement processes, including integration, amongst civil society, local governments, regions and other actors. In this context we are happy to announce our renewed partnership with the European Union for a project to engage cities and regions in resettlement called 'Cities that Care, Cities that SHARE'. The project starting April 2012 will be implemented in partnership with the City of Sheffield, a City of Sanctuary, and other cities, including Aachen, Munich and Paris. The SHARE build towards a resettlement network for cities and regions, to engage welcoming, capable communities that are both engaged in and supportive of refugee resettlement and have the skills and attributes to facilitate meaningful, durable integration.
Photo: Kate Dorsch, Head of Office, ICMC-RSC Beirut, explains to the European Parliament why more Iraqi resettlement to the EU will be needed for 2012/13.
To read ICMC's full statement please click here.