"Refuge and Hope in the Time of ISIS": report by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

USCCB report "Refuge and Hope in the Time of ISIS"Geneva, 10 March 2015 - The Syrian refugee crisis has reached a saturation point: it cannot be overcome unless the global community increases its support. This is the core message which emerges by a report released last week by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

The report, titled "Refuge and Hope in the Time of ISIS: The Urgent need for Protection, Humanitarian Support, and Durable Solutions in Turkey, Bulgaria, and Greece", follows a mission in the Middle East by a USCCB delegation, in late 2014. During the mission, the delegation observed the challenges that Syrians experience seeking protection in host countries, while also facing the risk of being turned away and forced back to danger.

On the other hand, host countries show signs of strain and are no longer able to handle the flow of migrants without international support. "The global community, led by Europe and the United States, needs to increase its support in order to prevent a humanitarian crisis", says Anastasia Brown, interim executive director for USCCB’s Migration and Refugee Services.

The report concludes by proposing several recommendations to address refugee assistance and resettlement challenges.