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.
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.
Caritas Bangladesh, and ICMC national member organization, has expressed serious concerns over the unhygienic and cramped conditions in the Cox’s Bazar camps, which make the Rohingya refugees extremely vulnerable to Covid-19.
The COVID-19 lockdown had extreme consequences on India's migrant workers. The Conference of Catholic Bishops of India organized a Zoom meeting to discuss the strategies through which the Church can best assist migrant workers and advocate for their rights.
From healthcare workers to grocery store clerks, essential workers with an immigrant background contribute to the survival of Americans during the pandemic, says Bishop Mario Dorsonville, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Migration, an ICMC national member.
The work of ICMC member Caritas Bangladesh with Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar is one of the examples highlighted in this article about the Catholic Church’s response to the #COVID-19 pandemic. Cox’s Bazar is a refugee camp that houses some 860,000 people. On 14 May, the first case of COVID-19 was recorded there.
Across the world, aid groups warn that human trafficking and slavery are continuing and perhaps even growing under COVID-19 lockdown. In Malaysia, ICMC's Refugee Protection Corps provides assistance to survivors of gender-based violence and is releasing awareness-raising videos to reach survivors in their homes during the lockdown.