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NGOs Urge EU States to Renew Commitment to Refugee Protection

June 23, 2022

ICMC Europe and six other NGOs call on EU Member States to show renewed leadership on resettling refugees. While welcoming support given to those displaced by war in Ukraine, the NGOs stress the urgency to meet other global protection needs by expanding resettlement and complementary pathways.

ICMC Secretary General Celebrates 50 Years of Priesthood

ICMC Secretary General Celebrates 50 Years of Priesthood

On 27 May 2022, Msgr. Robert J. Vitillo, Secretary General of the International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC) for the past...

Pope to Welcome Migrants through Italy’s Humanitarian Corridors

Source: The Catholic Register

The Vatican announced that Pope Francis is welcoming up to 50 uprooted people currently in Cyprus in the coming weeks through Italy’s Humanitarian Corridors initiative, a program supported by the Episcopal Conference and other Catholic-inspired organizations.

Bangladeshi Cardinal: Guarantee Dignity, Protection for Rohingya

Source: Agenzia Fides

Rohingya refugees must be welcomed and protected, said Cardinal Patrick D'Rozario after a visit to Cox’s Bazar camp in Bangladesh. He called for international solidarity while noting the good work by ICMC’s national member Caritas Bangladesh to provide dignified living conditions in the camp.

South African Bishop Calls for Compassion for Refugees

Source: ACI Africa

More compassion is needed for people displaced by violence so they not only find refuge but also a welcoming community where they can rebuild their lives, said South African Bishop Peter Holiday. On the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, he urged Catholics to meet refugees with God’s love.

U.S. Bishops Commend New Refugee Admissions Target

U.S. Bishops Commend New Refugee Admissions Target

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops welcomed the U.S. Administration’s decision to set the refugee admission ceiling at 125,000 for...

U.S. Bishops Welcome Increased Refugee Admissions Target

Source: Vatican News

U.S. Bishops commended the Biden Administration for raising refugee admissions for the next fiscal year to 125,000, the highest in nearly 20 years. The decision renewed American leadership in welcoming “vulnerable members of the same human family,” said the chair of the Bishops’ migration committee.

EU Bishops: Respect Right to Asylum

Source: Vatican News

EU Member States must uphold the right to seek asylum and not send refugees back to countries where they are at risk, said EU Bishops. Their statement came following calls from some EU countries for stricter rules against irregular migration as tensions grow along Eastern European borders.

U.S. Bishop Echoes Call to Solidarity with Displaced People

Source: Catholic Standard

The chair of the U.S. Bishops’ migrant commission urged Catholics to follow Pope Francis’s call to move from indifference to solidarity and open their hearts to uprooted people. The human dignity of all must be respected, said Bishop Mario E. Dorsonville on the World Day of Refugees and Migrants.

Statement

The EU Cannot Shirk Its Responsibilities Towards Afghans in Need of Protection

September 16, 2021

As humanitarian needs in Afghanistan continue to escalate, ICMC Europe, the SHARE Network, and over 15 other organizations appeal to the EU not to forget its responsibility towards Afghans but rather to place protection at the center of its response.

Statement

Prioritize Family Reunification in Response to the Situation in Afghanistan

August 31, 2021

ICMC and the other signatories to this statement plead with the members of the Family Reunification Network to consider family reunification procedures as a priority in their response to the situation in Afghanistan.

ICMC Europe Joins NGOs’ Call for EU To Guarantee Protection of Afghan Refugees

ICMC Europe Joins NGOs’ Call for EU To Guarantee Protection of Afghan Refugees

The International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC) Europe has joined a coalition of over 50 European NGOs working on asylum and...
Resettlement Agencies Call on the Government to Provide Immediate Support to Afghans in Need of Protection

Resettlement Agencies Call on the Government to Provide Immediate Support to Afghans in Need of Protection

On 20 August, 23 organizations sent a joint letter to the White House, asking the U.S. government to swiftly assist...
Statement

Resettlement Agencies Call on the Government to Provide Immediate Support to Afghans

August 24, 2021

On 20 August, ICMC and 22 resettlement agencies and other non-governmental organizationssent a joint letter to the White House, asking the U.S. government to swiftly assist Afghans following the Taliban forces' takeover of all major Afghan cities.

Information on Resettlement of Afghan Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons

To all persons seeking information about assistance to Afghan internally displaced persons and refugees: As an international non-governmental organization deeply...

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