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ICMC Statement on Migrant Tragedy in Calabria

The International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC) grieves the deaths of more than 60 migrants, including many children, due to the...

Young Migrants Will Become Homeless in the Canary Islands in 2023

Source: ABC Spain

On their 18th birthdays on 1 January, 1000 migrants will be left on the street, say Bishops of Spain's Canary Islands. Their birthdates unknown, they were assigned 1 January 2005. The national Bishops' Conference is urging other dioceses to take them in through the 'Hospitality Corridors' program, but urge the State to find solutions.

Bishops of Albania Sound Alarm on Depopulation

Source: Tirana Times

“Entire families prefer to emigrate for fear that they cannot guarantee a safe future for their children," Archbishop Angelo Massafra said in a statement. He called on the country’s leaders to stop “a total emptying of school structures in rural areas,” and the depletion of “the most valuable professions … such as in healthcare and education...."

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Italian Bishop Sounds Alarm on ‘Selective Admission’ of Migrants

Hundreds of migrants arrive every week in Italian ports seeking safe haven, but recently they have been left stranded on...
ICMC Co-Organizes Workshop on the Long-Term Expansion of Community Sponsorship for Refugees

ICMC Co-Organizes Workshop on the Long-Term Expansion of Community Sponsorship for Refugees

On 26-27 September, ICMC and the Canadian Embassy to the Holy See co-organized a hybrid workshop on the community sponsorship of...
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Shaping Migration in a Humane Manner

The German Bishops’ Conference, ICMC’s national member, and the Council of the Protestant Church in Germany release the English-language version...

Civil society statement: Europe’s response to Afghans in need of protection one year after the Taliban takeover

August 1, 2022

“We call on European countries to continue evacuating their local staff and Afghans at risk in a coordinated and safe manner.” ICMC Europe and the Share Network join fifty civil society and Afghan diaspora organisations calling for expanded resettlement and humanitarian admission, fair access to asylum, and respect for human rights.

Ukraine crisis needs longer-term solutions: Msgr. Vitillo

Source: AgenSir

In early July, ICMC Secretary General, Msgr. Robert J. Vitillo, spent a week visiting in solidarity with displaced people in Ukraine and refugees in Poland. Speaking for the Catholic Response for Ukraine (CR4U) working group, Msgr. Vitillo at the end of the trip participated in discussions at the European Parliament, pressing for longer-term solutions as the war continues.


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.


European civil society coalition calls for reinforced commitments to resettlement

June 13, 2022

"The EU must significantly ramp up its commitment to resettlement." ICMC Europe joins NGO coalition urging the EU and its member States to revive and scale up refugee resettlement efforts, and ensure that resettlement is not neglected as the international community shifts its focus to the Ukraine crisis.


NGO statement: ICMC Europe joins call for rapid EU response to the Ukrainian refugee crisis

March 27, 2022

Ahead of the meeting of EU Justice and Home Affairs ministers on 28 March to discuss the EU’s support for people fleeing the crisis in Ukraine, ICMC Europe/Share Network join an NGO statement calling on the EU and European countries to to put into action their refugee response commitments in light of the crisis in Ukraine.


Christian organisations statement: arrival of refugees from Ukraine and application of the EU Temporary Protection Directive

March 23, 2022

ICMC Europe joins Christian organizations working on asylum and migration in Europe to welcome the temporary protection for refugees from Ukraine, urge support for the most vulnerable, and maintain access to asylum and protection for all those in need.

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ICMC Europe Joins Civil Society Call For EU To Restore Rights and Values at the Border With Belarus and To Protect Children

ICMC Europe joins civil society coalitions to demand immediate humanitarian assistance and access to asylum for those caught in the ongoing humanitarian...

NGOs Call for Action To Protect Children at EU Borders

December 10, 2021

ICMC Europe and over 20 other NGOs urge governments to protect migrant children at Europe’s borders. Solidarity and responsibility-sharing in the EU asylum and migration system must prioritize safe routes to family reunion and international protection, not containment, pushbacks and returns.


Call on the EU: Restore rights and values at Europe’s borders

November 29, 2021

In a joint statement, ICMC Europe, the SHARE Network, and over 100 other organizations urge the EU and its member States to respond to the humanitarian crisis at the border with Belarus in a way that ensures people's right to asylum and guarantees humanitarian access.

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