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Due to COVID-19 restrictions, over 400,000 seafarers have been left trapped on ships long after their original contract has expired. Many suffer from trauma and health issues. A coalition of Catholic organizations, including ICMC, is asking governments to address this humanitarian crisis at sea.
In this radio interview in French, ICMC Director of Policy Stéphane Jaquemet discusses today’s most pressing issues in the era of COVID-19, such as access to the vaccine for migrants and refugees. He also explains how ICMC protects migrants and refugees through direct action and advocacy work.
As refugees in Jordan are disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 crisis, ICMC is adapting its services. This article by Vatican News, available in French and Italian, describes how ICMC Jordan’s child protection, education, livelihood, and gender equality projects help Syrian refugees during these challenging times. Italian version here. French version here.
Our Members in the News
As the number of people seeking asylum increases along the U.S./Mexico border, bishops on both sides of the border have issued a joint statement asking all nations to share the responsibility of preserving human life and providing safe, orderly, and humane immigration, including the right to asylum.
The Mexican bishop’s migrant ministry say U.S. policy changes have created the illusion that seeking asylum in the U.S. is now easy. This has caused a surge of migrants along the northern Mexican border, leading to a strain on Catholic-run shelters operating at limited capacity due to COVID-19.
A new study by the Conference of Catholic Bishops’ of India reveals the endemic poverty and lack of safety with which most internal migrant workers contend. The study recommends a multi-pronged strategy from government and non-government agencies to overcome these conditions.