Bishop Paul McAleenan of the bishops' conference of England and Wales urged the UK and France to address the underlying reasons many migrants flee their country. His statement came in response to a meeting between the two countries' government officials responsible for migration policies.
Ten years ago, 72 migrants were murdered by drug cartels in Tamaulipas, Mexico, because they refused to be used as drug mules. Several Catholic leaders, including the Mexican bishops conference, the Archbishop of San Salvador, and Pope Francis, are requesting justice for these victims' families and other vulnerable migrants.
Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich, President of the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union (COMECE), says Europe’s identity has gone up in flames together with the Moria refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos, and that a common European policy for refugees is long overdue.
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.
Amrat Talitha Kum India, an anti-trafficking movement led by women religious, held a meeting to increase and coordinate actions to fight human trafficking. ICMC Governing Committee member Fr. Jason Vadassery, who took part in the discussions, stressed the need to identify and collaborate with national and international NGOs.
The Southern African Bishops' Conference encourages governments to register all children, regardless of their parents' status. Otherwise they risk becoming stateless if they are abandoned or orphaned. They cannot access education and healthcare, and so are vulnerable to trafficking and child labor, warns Sr. Rissini of the Conference's Migrants & Refugees Office.
Ahead of World Day of Migrants and Refugees, Japan’s bishops urge the country’s citizens to free themselves from preconceptions and bias against displaced people, accept and protect them, and live in harmony with them.
U.S. Bishops have expressed their disappointment at their government's intent to limit the rights of migrants protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. "The Catholic Church in the United States has long advocated for the Dreamers and we will continue to stand with them," reads the statement issued by the members of the USCCB.
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.
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.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), an ICMC national member, has voiced objections to proposed new rules for asylum seekers coming to the country. The rules attempt “to curtail our nation’s long-standing commitment to providing individuals and families with humanitarian protection,” and are “unlawful” as well as “contrary to the public interest,” USCCB says.
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.
U.S. Bishops welcome the country's Supreme Court opinion that prevents the U.S. Administration from terminating the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The program protects youth who were brought to the country as children without proper documentation from deportation.
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.
In a joint statement, the Bishops’ Conferences of Scotland and of England and Wales warned that a proposed Immigration Bill made necessary by Brexit would hinder migrants’ opportunity to contribute to society in the UK. The bishops recommended introducing a time limit to immigration detention and removing barriers that keep families apart to the new legislation.