NGOs Urge EU States to Renew Commitment to Refugee Protection

June 23, 2022

ICMC Europe and six other NGOs call on EU Member States to show renewed leadership on resettling refugees. While welcoming support given to those displaced by war in Ukraine, the NGOs stress the urgency to meet other global protection needs by expanding resettlement and complementary pathways.

ICMC Secretary General Celebrates 50 Years of Priesthood

ICMC Secretary General Celebrates 50 Years of Priesthood

On 27 May 2022, Msgr. Robert J. Vitillo, Secretary General of the International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC) for the past...

South African Bishops Stress Refugees’ Right to Protection

Source: The Southern Cross

Attention should be given to whether countries are domesticating international refugee law and welcome practices and promoting acceptance of forcibly displaced people, said South African Archbishop Buti Tlhagale in a World Refugee Day statement from the Episcopal migrant office.

Papua New Guinea: Bishops Call for Action for People on the Move

Source: AsiaNews

In conjunction with World Refugee Day, the Bishops of Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands called for rapid action to facilitate documentation for and integration of West Papuan refugees. Their statement also addressed the plight of IDPs and migrant workers, and the risk of human trafficking.

Ensuring the Right to Education on World Refugee Day

Ensuring the Right to Education on World Refugee Day

20 June is World Refugee Day, which this year focuses on the right to seek protection. The International Catholic Migration...

Filipino Bishops Call for Compassion, Pledge Support for Refugees

Source: Manila Bulletin

Refugees personify Jesus who taught that the stranger should be welcomed, Filipino Bishop Ruperto C. Santos said, in a call for compassion for the forcibly displaced. Ahead of World Refugee Day, the Episcopal migrant commission pledged to support newcomers as they integrate and rebuild their lives.

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ICMC Calls for Access To Decent Work for Refugees and Migrants at the International Labour Conference

In a statement delivered at the 110th session of the International Labour Conference in Geneva, ICMC called for more sustainable...
“We Must Ensure Governments Remain True to Their Commitments Under the Global Compact for Migration”

“We Must Ensure Governments Remain True to Their Commitments Under the Global Compact for Migration”

ICMC Director of Policy Stéphane Jaquemet reflects on the first International Migration Review Forum, held in New York on 17-20...

Hope for Unified Response to Threat of Famine in Somalia

Source: Crux

Somalia’s new president could help the country respond in a coordinated way to the current catastrophic drought, Msgr. Giorgio Bertin, Apostolic Administrator of Mogadishu and ICMC Council member, told Crux. Catholic agencies providing relief are among those warning of the imminent threat of famine.


The Centrality of Work for Sustainability

June 16, 2022

At the 110th session of the International Labour Conference, ICMC calls for sustainable and equitable work, increased humanitarian assistance, and renewed multilateralism. A human-centred approach to work is essential to create a socially and environmentally sustainable economy.

UK’s Rwanda Plan for Asylum Seekers Delegates Responsibility

Source: Crux

English and Welsh Bishops reiterated criticism of the UK government’s plan to deport asylum seekers to Rwanda on the day the scheme was scheduled to begin. They said the plan abdicated responsibilities to other countries and would increase the suffering of those who had to flee their homes.

Rev. Fr. Paul Mung'athia Igweta

Rev. Fr. Paul Mung’athia Igweta

Rev. Fr. Mung’athia was ordained as Priest of the Diocese of Meru in 2004. He was previously a teacher at...
Msgr. J. Guadalupe Torres Campos

Msgr. J. Guadalupe Torres Campos

His Excellency Bishop Torres Campo was ordained as a priest in July 1984. He served as a parish priest in...
H.E. Bishop Gerard Bergie

H.E. Bishop Gerard Bergie

Bishop Bergie was ordained to the priesthood in May 1984 in the Diocese of Hamilton. He was named Auxiliary Bishop of...
Mr. Jason Siwat

Mr. Jason Siwat

Since 2021, Mr. Siwat has held the post of Director of the Migrants and Refugees Desk at the Catholic Bishops Conference...

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