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UK and France Must Tackle the Underlying Reasons for a Rise in Channel Crossings

Source: Catholic News Agency

Bishop Paul McAleenan of the bishops' conference of England and Wales urged the UK and France to address the underlying reasons many migrants flee their country. His statement came in response to a meeting between the two countries' government officials responsible for migration policies.

10 Years After the Massacre of 72 Migrants, Bishops Ask for Justice

Source: Crux

Ten years ago, 72 migrants were murdered by drug cartels in Tamaulipas, Mexico, because they refused to be used as drug mules. Several Catholic leaders, including the Mexican bishops conference, the Archbishop of San Salvador, and Pope Francis, are requesting justice for these victims' families and other vulnerable migrants.

COMECE President on Moria Fire: European Countries Must Do More for Refugees

Source: Vatican News

Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich, President of the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union (COMECE), says Europe’s identity has gone up in flames together with the Moria refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos, and that a common European policy for refugees is long overdue.

The Fire in Moria Should “Serve as Wake-up Call”, Say Church Leaders and NGOs

Fire in Greek Refugee Camp Should “Serve as Wake-up Call”, Say Church Leaders and NGOs

The 8 September fires that destroyed the Moria refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos have left 13,000 people...
Civil Society Organizations Urge the US Administration to Admit 95,000 Refugees in Fiscal Year 2021

Civil Society Organizations Urge the US Administration to Admit 95,000 Refugees in Fiscal Year 2021

Over 180 civil society and faith-based organizations including the  International Catholic Migration Commission and its national member, the United States...
Statement

Civil Society Organizations Urge the US Administration to Admit 95,000 Refugees in 2021

September 4, 2020

In a joint letter, over 180 civil society and faith-based organizations, including the International Catholic Migration Commission and its national member, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, are urging the U.S. Administration to resettle 95,000 refugees in the fiscal year 2021 (Oct. 2020 – Sep. 2021). The letter argues this number has been the norm since 1980 and cites refugees’ contributions to American society since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis.

U.S. Bishops Urge for Full Reinstatement of the DACA Program

Source: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

U.S. Bishops have expressed their disappointment at their government's intent to limit the rights of migrants protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. "The Catholic Church in the United States has long advocated for the Dreamers and we will continue to stand with them," reads the statement issued by the members of the USCCB.

Migration: Partnerships as the Key to Alleviating the Ravages of COVID-19

Migration: Partnerships as the Key to Alleviating the Ravages of COVID-19

Even as the COVID-19 pandemic has halted most international travel, the Global Forum on Migration and Development is more important...
Statement

Migration: Partnerships as the Key to Alleviating the Ravages of COVID-19

July 30, 2020

Issued by the Global Forum on Migration and Development Civil Society Mechanism during the 22 July 2020 Friends of the Forum meeting. The statement urges national and local governments and businesses to create partnerships to address issues affecting migrants, many of whom are disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Call to Protect India’s Migrant Workers

Source: Union of Catholic Asian News

Internal migrant workers in India are returning to urban centers after having gone home during the coronavirus lockdown. The Conference of Catholic Bishops’ of India’s (CCBI) Commission for Migrants is calling upon the government to pass laws that will help improve their condition. The COVID-19 crisis has underlined the need to protect this population, says the Commission’s Secretary.

Canada: Crisis Could Bring Spike in Refugee Backlog

Source: Catholic Register

COVID-19 travel restrictions are preventing refugees from arriving in Canada. Deacon Rudy Ovcjak, director of the Archdiocese of Toronto's Office of Refugees and delegate to ICMC's Governing Committee on behalf of Cardinal Thomas C. Collins, worries about the fate of vulnerable refugees waiting to enter and the community members who sponsor them.

U.S. Bishops Oppose Proposed Rules for Asylum Seekers

Source: Vatican News

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), an ICMC national member, has voiced objections to proposed new rules for asylum seekers coming to the country. The rules attempt “to curtail our nation’s long-standing commitment to providing individuals and families with humanitarian protection,” and are “unlawful” as well as “contrary to the public interest,” USCCB says. 

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ICMC Annual Report 2019

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Don’t Let Internally Displaced Persons Go Unseen, Faith-Based Organizations Plead 1

Don’t Let Internally Displaced Persons Go Unseen, Faith-Based Organizations Plead

On 20 June, World Refugee Day, ICMC and over 50 other faith-based organizations exhort world leaders, policymakers and people of...

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