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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.

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.

ICMC Annual Report 2019

ICMC Annual Report 2019

German Church Regrets the Suspension of the Humanitarian Admission Procedures Caused by COVID-19 1

German Church Regrets the Suspension of the Humanitarian Admission Procedures Caused by COVID-19

Catholic-inspired organizations are urging the German government not to suspend humanitarian admission procedures for refugees during the COVID-19 outbreak. They...
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.

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...
Refugee Community Sponsorship in the Basque Country: A Successful Experience 1

Refugee Community Sponsorship in the Basque Country: A Successful Experience

In 2018, the Basque regional government in Spain decided to embark on a community-based refugee sponsorship initiative. With the help...
“One of the Most Rewarding Things I Have Ever Done” – Community Sponsorship of Refugees in Ireland 2

“One of the Most Rewarding Things I Have Ever Done” – Community Sponsorship of Refugees in Ireland

By Francesca Pierigh * He did not know what he was getting into, but it turned out to be an...
Fostering Community Sponsorship of Refugees in Europe 1

Fostering Community Sponsorship of Refugees in Europe

The involvement of local communities in supporting the integration of refugees arriving through sponsorship programs is the key to the...
“It is Easier to Change Your Mind in Small Communities” –  Resettling Refugees in Rural Areas in France 3

“It is Easier to Change Your Mind in Small Communities” – Resettling Refugees in Rural Areas in France

Smaller municipalities and rural areas can be places where refugees are welcomed and where they can integrate more easily. People...
Publication

Fostering Community Sponsorships Across Europe

October 30, 2019

Italian Humanitarian Corridors Awarded UN Refugee Prize 1

Italian Humanitarian Corridors Awarded UN Refugee Prize

More than 2,500 people reached Italy in a safe and organized manner through the Humanitarian Corridors program of a group...
Private Sponsorship of Refugees: Expanding Europe’s Tradition of Welcome 1

Private Sponsorship of Refugees: Expanding Europe’s Tradition of Welcome

“Europe has a long-standing tradition of welcoming people in need, ever since Vietnamese refugees were privately sponsored to Europe and...

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