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How Refugee Children Are Bearing the Brunt of the COVID Pandemic 1

How Refugee Children Are Bearing the Brunt of the COVID Pandemic

Refugee children are some of the most impressive but, at times, the most vulnerable people on the move. Their capacity...
detained migrants

Could the COVID-19 Pandemic Be an Opportunity to End the Practice of Detaining Migrants?

Is there any good news in the COVID-19 pandemic? On the issue of migration detention, there just may be. Overcrowding,...
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.

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...

Call to Protect India’s Migrant Workers

Source: Union of Catholic Asian News

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.

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.

Caritas Bangladesh Raises Alarm Over COVID-19 Pandemic Among Rohingya

Source: Vatican News

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 Pandemic

How ICMC Malaysia Is Reaching Refugees During the COVID-19 Lockdown

In Malaysia, the spread of the new coronavirus and subsequent lockdown have left many refugees more vulnerable than ever, both...

Accompanying Migrants in India During COVID-19

Source: Indian Catholic Matters

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.

Burmese refugee

Emergency Funding: A Lifeline for Refugees During the COVID-19 Crisis

Bishop Dorsonville: It Takes #AllofUS Working Together to Prevail Over COVID-19

Source: America Magazine

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 Church on the Pandemic’s Frontline

Source: The Catholic Register

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.

Ensuring Refugees in Jordan Meet Their Basic Needs During Lockdown

Ensuring Refugees in Jordan Meet Their Basic Needs During Lockdown

COVID-19: Catholic NGOs Reach Out To Victims of Trafficking and Slavery

Source: Vatican News

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.

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