ICMC Civil Society Coordination
Lia lives in a small Pacific island nation. Over the past decades, rising sea levels have submerged her village, and fish stocks have disappeared. Halfway around the world, in sub-Saharan Africa, Imamu’s community also faces a problem. Rainy seasons are getting shorter, and temperatures are rising. The land no longer yields sufficient crops.
Lia and Imamu both feel the effects of climate change. Both have friends who left their communities, fearing their homeland can’t provide them a dignified life. Imamu and Lia know that climate change needs to be addressed at a global level. To defend their right to remain, and to be protected if they migrate, they have joined local action groups.
By coordinating civil society groups, the International Catholic Migration Commission, ICMC, helps transform local actions like Lia’s and Imamu’s into regional and global movements. Migrants from different countries often face similar issues. These can involve climate change, but also racism and discrimination, obstacles to accessing healthcare, education and legal assistance, or lack of protection at work.
ICMC coordinates hundreds of civil society organizations that share similar goals, helping them establish priorities, and create joint action plans. Thanks to its presence on the international stage, ICMC helps provide local NGOs with a platform to reach governments and see their voices amplified.
Together, civil society organizations contribute to creating policies that respond to migrants’ and refugees’ needs. Please take a look at how ICMC helps migrants and refugees and consider donating to ICMC.