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New EU Pact on Migration and Asylum Is Not Yet the Fresh Start Needed, NGOs Argue

Some elements of the new Pact on Migration and Asylum for the European Union (EU) constitute a positive change in...
Statement

New EU Pact on Migration and Asylum Is Not Yet the Fresh Start Needed

October 19, 2020

New policy proposals on migration and asylum released by the European Commission in September 2020 risk limiting the access to protection and fair asylum procedures. A group of 82 civil society organizations, including ICMC Europe, analyze the proposals in a joint statement.

European Civil Society Organizations: Refugee Resettlement Can’t Wait

European Civil Society Organizations: Refugee Resettlement Can’t Wait

Seven major civil society organizations and networks have launched a joint statement urging the European Union to urgently revive and...
Statement

European Civil Society Organizations: Refugee Resettlement Can’t Wait

September 21, 2020

Seven civil society organizations and networks urge the European Union to urgently revive and increase its refugee resettlement efforts. Resettlement is one of the few safe, legal pathways for vulnerable refugees to reach the EU. However, COVID-19-related travel restrictions have brought resettlement in Europe to a standstill for several months.

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...

Moria Fire: More Than Ever, Europe Must Protect, says German Archbishop

Source: German Bishop's Conference

The Archbishop of Hamburg and ICMC Governing Committee member Stefan Hesse called the fire that destroyed Moria refugee camp in Greece a "foretold catastrophe." NGOs have denounced the camp's dangerous conditions for years. Archbishop Hesse says Europe must find the political will to welcome people seeking protection in a humane manner.

A Public Health Crisis Does Not Allow Us to Let People Die, Say European Bishops 1

A Public Health Crisis Does Not Allow Us to Let People Die, Say European Bishops

The COVID-19 pandemic “should not be an excuse to let human beings die in the Mediterranean Sea,” said Fr. Barrios...
COVID-19 Pandemic Reveals Crisis in Europe’s Agri-Food Workers’ Rights 1

COVID-19 Pandemic Reveals Crisis in Europe’s Agri-Food Workers’ Rights

As the global coronavirus pandemic limits travel, labor shortages in Europe’s agricultural and food transformation sectors could jeopardize food security....
Statement

Without Rights for Agri-Food Workers, Europe’s Food Supplies Rest on Shaky Ground

April 16, 2020

Issued by a group of 28 civil society organizations, including ICMC Europe, on 16 April 2020. The statement urges EU Member States to keep migrant workers safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, and to offer them dignified long-term living and working conditions.

The Relocation of Unaccompanied Children from the Greek Islands Cannot Wait 1

The Relocation of Unaccompanied Children from the Greek Islands Cannot Wait

While unaccompanied migrant and refugee children have been living in dire conditions on the Greek islands for a long time,...
Statement

Immediately Honour Commitments to Relocate Unaccompanied Children From the Greek Islands

April 3, 2020

Open letter issued by a group of 67 organizations including ICMC Europe, on 3 April 2020. It calls upon European governments to urgently relocate unaccompanied minors from the Greek islands to safety, particularly in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the unsanitary conditions in the camps.

Move Refugees From Greece To Avoid Pandemic Disaster

Source: The Tablet

ICMC and many other Christian, Jewish, and Muslim aid agencies warn that the COVID-19 crisis adds an enormous burden to already strenuous humanitarian situations. NGOs call upon the European Union to relocate asylum-seekers in Greek island camps and urge its Member States to continue taking in asylum seekers in order to avoid a pandemic disaster.

European Churches Plead: Don’t Forget Refugees

Source: The Tablet

As tensions grow at the border separating Turkey and Greece, ICMC urges European leaders to protect refugees fleeing violence and conflict. It asks them not to let the health crisis eclipse the need for solidarity and mutual care towards displaced people. The Catholic and Lutheran bishops of Scandinavia also urge countries to act in solidarity with refugees.

Statement

The Time Is Now for Europe to (Re)Focus and Lead With Its Principles of Upholding Human Rights and Life-Saving Protection

March 18, 2020

Delivered by ICMC Policy Officer Mantalin Kyrou on behalf of a group of NGOs including ICMC on 11 March 2020 at the 77th UNHCR Standing Committee Meeting. The statement expresses strong concern at the absence of protection measures adopted by the EU and its Member States in relation to the situation at the Greek-Turkish border and urges support for Greece.

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