ICMC calls for more innovative programs to admit refugees

Mantalin KyrouMantalin Kyrou delivering the statement "Expanding Hope as well as Solutions". Photo: ICMC/ J.K. Bingham Geneva, 17 October 2017 - The International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC) called on governments to replicate and expand successful, innovative pathways to welcome refugees already adopted by several countries.

We need “solutions like increased mechanisms for resettlement, humanitarian corridors, orderly departure and orderly reception, labor migration channels for refugees, [and] community-based private sponsorship,” said Mantalin Kyrou, ICMC’s Policy Associate, in delivering a statement at the 2nd Thematic Discussion on the Global Compact for Refugees held in Geneva on 17 October.

Noting that Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, and Italy are already implementing some of these programs, Kyrou suggested they could step up as “pilot countries so that innovation and solutions can be shared and replicated more broadly.”

The series of thematic discussions taking place in Geneva are part of the development of the Global Compact on Refugees, which Member States committed to develop at the UN General Assembly in 2016.

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