Last year, 330,000 people sought asylum in Europe. Thousands arrived in Greece, however only 152 were able to apply for asylum. Of these, just two were granted refugee status. Currently, an asylum-seeker’s chance of success depends on where they apply because each EU member state assesses asylum requests differently.Read more
The ILO is organising a Knowledge Sharing Forum in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania from 28-30 May 2013 to share good practices, practical initiatives and new policies to promote decent work for domestic workers in Africa.Read more
Toqa’s collection of woolly hats is one of few things she took with her when her family fled their home in Syria. It's one of few reminders of the home she left behind before coming to Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan. Determined to become a doctor, she's at the top of her class at school where WFP provides nutritious snacks to children like her.Read more
As the donor conference for Mali takes place in Brussels, displaced Malian women aim to tackle more immediate concerns
Two things, at least, matter more to Ramata Touré than the outcome of the donor conference in Brussels on Wednesday at which representatives of more than 100 countries will be asked for €2bn ($2.6bn) to help bring peace and development to Mali.Read more
URGENT APPEAL: UNHCR has renewed an appeal for millions of dollars to help meet the needs of tens of thousands of Malian refugees and almost 300,000 internally displaced people.
There are more than 175,000 Malian refugees in surrounding countries, as well as 282,000 internally displaced people (IDPs).Read more
The United States is providing an additional $100 million in humanitarian assistance to support those affected by the violence within Syria and the more than 1.4 million refugees across the region. This new funding is in addition to the nearly $25 million in food assistance for Syria announced by Secretary Kerry in Istanbul April 21. The United States remains the single-largest contributor of humanitarian assistance for the Syrian people, and with today’s announcement, is now providing nearly $510 million in humanitarian assistance.Read more
A boat carrying Rohingya Muslims has capsized off western Burma, aid agencies say.
The boat, said to be carrying up to 200 passengers, was evacuating people ahead of Cyclone Mahasen, which is expected to hit the area later in the week.Read more
Banks and credit card companies can play a crucial role in shutting down human traffickers by flagging the electronic fingerprints they leave behind, says Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance.
An estimated 14,000 to 17,000 people are smuggled into the United States each year and forced to work as domestic servants, laborers or in the sex trade, according to estimates from the DA's office.Read more
With global mobility on the rise, the international community is finally grappling with the challenge of stranded migrants, one of the main agenda items for the High-Level Dialogue on Migration and Development in the UN General Assembly in October 2013. In this podcast, International Organization for Migration (IOM) Director General William Lacy Swing reflects on IOM’s long experience with stranded migrants and the ways in which the organization is preparing proactively to address their needs. He explains IOM’s approaches in the context of the High-Level Dialogue and the opportunity it presents for states to come together to address the new migration challenges of the 21st century. InterAction President and CEO Sam Worthington joins Ambassador Swing to discuss how NGOs work with governments and other organizations to address the needs of the most vulnerable populations and protect them from abuses often suffered by migrants. This event was moderated by Kathleen Newland, who directs MPI’s Migrants, Migration, and Development Program.Read more
International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC), Amnesty International, and Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME), and the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) urged the European Union to step up its efforts to alleviate the suffering of civilians in Syria.
In particular they asked that EU members allow entry and grant international protection to Syrian asylum seekers, increase funding of the UN Syria Regional Response Plan, expand programs for Syrian and third-country refugee resettlement, and support the neighbouring countries receiving these refugees.
Geneva 13 January 2013 - On this World Day of Migrants and Refugees, the International Catholic Migration Commission joins the Holy Father in celebrating the humanity, the invitation to solidarity and the offer to share in new hope and energy that migrants and refugees bring to the families, communities and countries that welcome them.Read more
Civil society leaders at global meeting point to co-responsibility with governments for solutions in labour migration, rights and development.
PORT LOUIS, Mauritius 22 November 2012- More than 800 representatives from civil society and governments from some 160 countries gathered in Mauritius this week to discuss changes needed in labour migration, protection of migrants, promotion of their rights and development.Read more
Key decisions-makers gather at the Sixth Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) in Mauritius this week. For the second year in a row, ICMC has taken up a leading role in the coordination of the GFMD Civil Society Days. During these days organisations intend to share their expertise and develop concrete models to the better implementation of human rights for all migrants.Read more
GENEVA, 20 June 2012—On World Refugee Day 2012, it is good to celebrate the solution of refugee resettlement, a solution that systematically saves nearly a hundred thousand lives each year. A solution that reunites families, that restores hope and dignity to human beings threatened and persecuted because of their race, religion, nationality, social group or political opinions. A solution that enables refugees to restart their lives in a country that formally welcomes them to safety and new life.Read more
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.Read more
BRUSSELS, 8 December 2011—ICMC today launches its new publication "MAYDAY! Strengthening responses of assistance and protection to boat people and other migrants arriving in Southern Europe". The publication sheds light on gaps in responding to boat people and other migrants arriving in Greece, Italy, Malta and Spain. "It is not so much the arrivals of migrants and refugees that should be put to question, but rather the response mechanisms," observes Johan Ketelers, Secretary General of ICMC.Read more
GENEVA, 2 December 2011—The Civil Society Days of the Global Forum on Migration and Development concluded with high energy at the “common space” between civil society and governments on the morning of December 1st. After two days of working sessions that built upon the recommendations of past GFMDs and brought to light new concerns, civil society presented a statement to governments calling for more engagement and leadership to combat xenophobia and promote rights-based migration policies. The statement was followed by a debate on demographics, development and positive alternatives to irregular migration, moderated by BBC correspondent Zeinab Badawi with over 700 participants present.Read more
GENEVA, 9 November 2011—Civil society representatives from over 60 countries will convene in Geneva to propose rights-based migration policies to governments at the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) to be held from November 29th to December 2nd. 180 delegates will meet for two days to formulate recommendations on labour migration, which they will present to governments from some 130 countries on December 1st.Read more
GENEVA, 14 October 2011—Addressing issues including irregular migration, the rights, contribution and challenges of migrant workers and their families, the role of migrants abroad in the development of their countries of origin, job creation “at home” and other alternatives to migration, 180 civil society actors will be bringing their on-the-ground experience to high-level discussions with governments at this year’s Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD).Read more