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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.

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.

Civil Society Organizations Denounce “Unacceptable Events” at the Greek-Turkish Border 1

Civil Society Organizations Denounce “Unacceptable Events” at the Greek-Turkish Border

In a joint statement released on 12 March, 32 member organizations of the Civil Society Action Committee criticized States’ usage...
European Governments Called to Urgently Relocate Unaccompanied Children From the Greek Islands 1

European Governments Called to Urgently Relocate Unaccompanied Children From the Greek Islands

Over 1,800 unaccompanied refugee and migrant children currently live on the Greek islands, many of them homeless and enduring inhumane...
European Church Must Awaken New Energy to Welcome Refugees from Greece, Cardinals Say 1

European Church Must Awaken New Energy to Welcome Refugees from Greece, Cardinals Say

A letter from three Cardinals urges European Bishops to fulfill their Christian duties towards refugees in Greece by collaborating with...
How Faith-Based Organizations Can Create a Culture of Encounter with People Seeking Refuge 3

How Faith-Based Organizations Can Create a Culture of Encounter with People Seeking Refuge

From theater plays performed by refugees to publishing fairy tales written by refugees to creating support groups for asylum-seekers, faith-based...
Greece: Vatican Delegation Sees Progress in Helping Refugees, but More Needs to Be Done

Greece: Vatican Delegation Sees Progress in Helping Refugees, but More Needs to Be Done

The Vatican visit highlighted the continuing plight of refugees and migrants seeking sanctuary in Greece, especially on the Greek islands....
Listen to Children and Take Their Views Into Consideration

Listen to Children and Take Their Views Into Consideration

The first step for anyone working to protect children, especially in the context of migration, should be listening to their...
Kos Island Continues to Offer Glimmers of Hope to Refugees Amidst Earthquake Chaos

Kos Island Continues to Offer Glimmers of Hope to Refugees Amidst Earthquake Chaos

Whilst several Western countries have been reluctant to increase their refugee intake beyond urgently needed levels, migrants and refugees continue...
Elena, Associate Asylum Expert in Rhodes, Greece

Elena, Associate Asylum Expert in Rhodes, Greece

Elena Janniki joined ICMC in 2012, at a time when Greece was undertaking an important reform of its asylum system....
ICMC Scales up Operations Protecting Refugees and Supporting the Asylum System in Greece

ICMC Scales up Operations Protecting Refugees and Supporting the Asylum System in Greece

In order to provide better assistance and protection to migrants and refugees coming into the European Union through Greece, ICMC...

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