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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.

A Public Health Crisis Does Not Allow Us to Let People Die, Say European Bishops 1

A Public Health Crisis Does Not Allow Us to Let People Die, Say European Bishops

The COVID-19 pandemic “should not be an excuse to let human beings die in the Mediterranean Sea,” said Fr. Barrios...
European Bishops Criticize Indifference Towards Migrants Dead at Sea

European Bishops Criticize Indifference Towards Migrants Dead at Sea

We must recognize the dignity of migrants and our duty to welcome them, Italian Bishops say. And according to the...
Caring for People’s Health

ICMC President: Church’s Teachings Challenge Troubling Migration Policies and Practices

As countries of destination increasingly close their doors to migrants and refugees, ICMC President Dr. Anne T. Gallagher believes the...
Statement

Church’s Teachings Challenge Troubling Migration Policies and Practices

April 17, 2019

Delivered by ICMC President Dr. Anne T. Gallagher on 17 April 2019 at the St Thomas More Forum in Canberra, Australia. The keynote address describes migration as an inevitable human phenomenon. It highlights how hardship and suffering that often accompany forced migration are, however, not inevitable.
Statement

Civil Society Must Play a Greater Role in Migration Governance, NGOs Say at Malta Summit

February 9, 2017

Delivered by a group of European civil society organizations, including ICMC, on 8-9 February 2017 at a Senior Official Meeting in Malta. The statement expresses concerns at the agreement signed by EU Heads of State aimed at closing the Central Mediterranean route by reinforcing Libyan border guard capacity. It urges governments to ensure that European and African civil society can participate in migration and mobility dialogues through a structured approach.
Taking Stock of Valletta: ICMC Europe And MADE Africa Organize Civil Society Consultation

Taking Stock of Valletta: ICMC Europe And MADE Africa Organize Civil Society Consultation

On the occasion of the one-year follow-up of the implementation of the Joint Valletta Action Plan and the EU Trust Fund for...
Protecting People First, Not Borders

Protecting People First, Not Borders

Last Friday, just days from the fifth anniversary of the Syrian war, ICMC took the floor during a session of...
Statement

Protecting People First, Not Borders

March 11, 2016

Delivered by ICMC Head of Policy John K. Bingham on 11 March 2016 at the 31st session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva. The statement urges governments to strengthen protection mechanisms for refugees and promote more innovative admission opportunities.
Statement

Refugee Crisis in Europe: At the Borders of Humanity

March 9, 2016

Issued by ICMC Secretary General Johan Ketelers on 9 March 2016. The statement urges governments to reinforce the 1951 Refugee Convention, develop additional protection mechanisms for migrants who are unable to return home, promote access to labor markets in line with the needs of host societies and promote initiatives that build bridges and contribute to societal and global cohesion.
International Migrants Day 2015: Effective Legal Protection Needed for Migrants

International Migrants Day 2015: Effective Legal Protection Needed for Migrants

On International Migrants Day 2015, the International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC) reiterates the importance of establishing effective legal pathways and...
ICMC Renews Its Call for a Global Response to Address the Current Refugee Crisis in Europe

ICMC Renews Its Call for a Global Response to Address the Current Refugee Crisis in Europe

At the 106th Council Meeting of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), which was held in Geneva from 24 to...
Statement

Combining Responses in a Comprehensive Plan of Action for Syrians and Others Moving in the Mediterranean Region

November 27, 2015

Delivered by ICMC Head of Policy John K. Bingham on 27 November 2015 at the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Council Session. The statement highlights the need for a global response to address the refugee crisis in Europe.
Abu Kurke Kabeto

A Refugee From Ethiopia Stranded on a Boat in the Mediterranean

Abu Kurke Kabeto is a young man from the Oromo region of Ethiopia. He currently lives in the Netherlands with...

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