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Release Seafarers Blocked for Covid-19 Measures

Source: Agenzia Fides

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, over 400,000 seafarers have been left trapped on ships long after their original contract has expired. Many suffer from trauma and health issues. A coalition of Catholic organizations, including ICMC, is asking governments to address this humanitarian crisis at sea.

70 Years of Responding to Migrants’ and Refugees’ Needs

Source: Radio Cité Genève

In this radio interview in French, ICMC Director of Policy Stéphane Jaquemet discusses today's most pressing issues in the era of COVID-19, such as access to the vaccine for migrants and refugees. He also explains how ICMC protects migrants and refugees through direct action and advocacy work.

ICMC Urban Cohesion Hub Opens in Pakistan

Source: Associated Press of Pakistan

ICMC’s Urban Cohesion Hub was inaugurated on 15 February near Pakistan’s capital Islamabad. The new facility offers integrated services, including health, education, skill training, legal support, and recreational activities, to over 30,000 Afghan refugees.

Why Joe Biden Is Good News for Refugees


ICMC Secretary General Msgr. Robert J. Vitillo has applauded the possibility of the U.S. becoming again a country that welcomes refugees. With the recent presidential election, “some rays of light are shining on the horizon,” he says in an opinion piece published in German in Switzerland. He also explains why refugees are a great asset to any country.

COVID: Crossroads Between the Old Normal and the New Solidarity

Source: Vatican News

The COVID-19 pandemic puts us at a crossroads; we can’t go back to the “old normal.” What we need is a change of policies, practices, and behavior at all levels. Big business and government must change their values and focus more on persons than on money or power — says ICMC Secretary General Msgr. Robert J. Vitillo, in this interview with Vatican News.

Pope Francis’ Fratelli Tutti Bolsters Work With Refugees


In this interview (in German), ICMC Secretary General Msgr. Robert J. Vitillo explains what Pope Francis’ encyclical “Fratelli Tutti” means to him. He describes what it means to adopt a Catholic welcoming culture inclusive of migrants and refugees. He explains why he believes that migrants and refugees who stand up for others are modern-day good Samaritans.

ICMC Shines Spotlight on Displaced Families

Source: Vatican News

Every day, thousands of families are forced to flee their homes. That’s why ICMC marked the World Day of Migrants and Refugees with a webinar on how forced displacement affects families on the move, explains ICMC Secretary General Msgr. Robert J. Vitillo. “Although many people are forced to flee alone, many come in the whole family.”

ICMC Official: Migration Should Be “Voluntary, Safe, and Regular”

Source: Crux

“We should refrain from discussing ‘burden-sharing’ to receive migrants and refugees but recognize the ‘resource sharing’ that is provided by their arrival … into many of our aging and tired communities,” says ICMC Secretary General Msgr. Robert J. Vitillo, in this interview that focuses on migration from Africa to Europe and America.

Migration Is Something Positive


In this interview (in German), ICMC Secretary General Msgr. Robert J. Vitillo shares his family’s migration story from Italy to the United States and compares their journey to the hardships that many migrants and refugees face today. He also discusses how COVID-19 affects migrants and refugees and explains how ICMC supports them throughout the crisis. 

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.

ICMC Official: Trafficking Needs To Be Talked About More

Source: Vatican News

Human trafficking goes on in many forms all over the world, points out ICMC Secretary General Msgr. Robert J. Vitillo in this interview. The issue, which Pope Francis has linked “to the whole culture of waste where people think that they can use other people,” needs to be talked about more and then “find the way we can take action to stop it,” he adds.

Civil Action Group Calls for Protection of Migrants Amid Pandemic

Source: America Magazine

“First, Save Lives,” says the Action Committee, a network of church and civil organizations co-convened by ICMC, in a statement on the effects of COVID-19 on migrants. The statement calls on governments to protect migrants and refugees during the pandemic. Many essential service workers are migrants, but they are often vulnerable to the disease because of their legal status and lack of access to services.

Move Refugees From Greece To Avoid Pandemic Disaster

Source: The Tablet

ICMC and many other Christian, Jewish, and Muslim aid agencies warn that the COVID-19 crisis adds an enormous burden to already strenuous humanitarian situations. NGOs call upon the European Union to relocate asylum-seekers in Greek island camps and urge its Member States to continue taking in asylum seekers in order to avoid a pandemic disaster.

European Churches Plead: Don’t Forget Refugees

Source: The Tablet

As tensions grow at the border separating Turkey and Greece, ICMC urges European leaders to protect refugees fleeing violence and conflict. It asks them not to let the health crisis eclipse the need for solidarity and mutual care towards displaced people. The Catholic and Lutheran bishops of Scandinavia also urge countries to act in solidarity with refugees.

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