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Joint Statement on I Child Rights at the UNECE Regional Review of Global Compact for Migration

November 24, 2020

At the UNECE Regional Review of the Global Compact for Migration, the Initiative for Child Rights pleaded with governments to prioritize children’s best interest, end child detention, facilitate family reunification, and protect children from the dangers of COVID-19.

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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.

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.

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Learning to Cope With Her Husband’s Mental Illness: the Story of Suhad

When Muneer began suffering from psychotic depression, his wife Suhad was not equipped to deal with the disease, protect their...
ICMC Advocacy

ICMC Advocacy

Ensuring Refugees in Jordan Meet Their Basic Needs During Lockdown

Ensuring Refugees in Jordan Meet Their Basic Needs During Lockdown

The Negative Consequences of Men and Women Stereotypes

The Negative Consequences of Men and Women Stereotypes

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Promoting Equality Between Men and Women to Prevent Gender-Based Violence

Reuniting Migrant Families After Separation at the U.S. Border

Reuniting Migrant Families After Separation at the U.S. Border

In the first half of 2018, the U.S. government separated more than 2,000 families attempting to enter the country through...

Call to Catholic Women: We Must Defend Migrants and their Families

We must uphold the protection of families in all discussions related to migration, said ICMC President Dr. Anne T. Gallagher...
Statement

Family and Migration

October 16, 2018

Delivered by ICMC President Dr. Anne T. Gallagher on 16 October 2019 at the General Assembly of the World Union of Catholic Women’s Organizations in Dakar, Senegal. The intervention focuses on the need to follow the words of the Holy Father and of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which both declare that families are the natural and fundamental unit of society and therefore must be protected.
Families Should Be a Priority When Dealing with Migration

Families Should Be a Priority When Dealing with Migration

Governments and institutions must prioritize family ties when dealing with migration said Catholic organizations at a discussion panel parallel to...
Statement

Families: Hidden Majority Among Migrants

September 25, 2018

Delivered by ICMC Secretary General Msgr. Robert J. Vitillo on 25 September 2018 at a side event to the 39th Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. The statement highlights the importance of the family for migrants and the need to put in place measures specifically aimed at protecting migrants and their families.
Catholic Bishops: Reunification of Families at the U.S.-Mexico Border Cannot Wait

Catholic Bishops: Reunification of Families at the U.S.-Mexico Border Cannot Wait

Families must be able to stay together and border protection should not hinder this principle, Catholic bishops have stated about...

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