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Creating Better Policies to Protect Children in the Move

November 26, 2020

At the International Organization for Migration's Council Meeting, says ICMC urges governments to better protect migrant children by collecting data on their age, gender, and accompaniment status for more efficient protection policies, and by facilitating family unity.


Child Rights in the Global Compact for Migration, UNECE Regional Review

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.


ICMC Recommendations at UNECE Regional Review of Global Compact for Migration

November 24, 2020

At the UNECE Regional Review of the Global Compact for Migration, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, ICMC urged governments to grant migrants access to services, expand regular migration pathways, and end detention.


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.


European Civil Society Organizations: Refugee Resettlement Can’t Wait

September 21, 2020

Seven civil society organizations and networks urge the European Union to urgently revive and increase its refugee resettlement efforts. Resettlement is one of the few safe, legal pathways for vulnerable refugees to reach the EU. However, COVID-19-related travel restrictions have brought resettlement in Europe to a standstill for several months.


Civil Society Organizations Urge the US Administration to Admit 95,000 Refugees in 2021

September 4, 2020

In a joint letter, over 180 civil society and faith-based organizations, including the International Catholic Migration Commission and its national member, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, are urging the U.S. Administration to resettle 95,000 refugees in the fiscal year 2021 (Oct. 2020 – Sep. 2021). The letter argues this number has been the norm since 1980 and cites refugees’ contributions to American society since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis.


Migration: Partnerships as the Key to Alleviating the Ravages of COVID-19

July 30, 2020

Issued by the Global Forum on Migration and Development Civil Society Mechanism during the 22 July 2020 Friends of the Forum meeting. The statement urges national and local governments and businesses to create partnerships to address issues affecting migrants, many of whom are disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.


To Know in Order to Understand

June 20, 2020

Issued by a a group of 54 faith-based organizations, including ICMC, on World Refugee Day 2020 (20 June). The statement urges the world not to forget internally displaced persons (IDPs) and asks for enhanced legal protection, non-discriminatory access to services, and respect for IDPs dignity.


Appeal For Putting Covid 19 Vaccine on Public Domain

May 1, 2020

Issued by 102 eminent personalities, health experts and academics, including ICMC Secretary General Msgr. Robert J. Vitillo on 1 May 2020. The letter urges world leaders to ensure that any COVID-19 vaccines developed over the coming months be made freely available to all people everywhere, putting lives before profits.


Without Rights for Agri-Food Workers, Europe’s Food Supplies Rest on Shaky Ground

April 16, 2020

Issued by a group of 28 civil society organizations, including ICMC Europe, on 16 April 2020. The statement urges EU Member States to keep migrant workers safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, and to offer them dignified long-term living and working conditions.


First, Save Lives: Solutions for the COVID-19 Pandemic and New Solidarity with Migrants and Refugees

April 7, 2020

Issued by a group of over 300 civil society organizations, including ICMC, on 7 April 2020. The statement urges governments worldwide to protect migrants and refugees in the COVID-19 pandemic and recommends ending detention, decongesting camps and saving lives.


Immediately Honour Commitments to Relocate Unaccompanied Children From the Greek Islands

April 3, 2020

Open letter issued by a group of 67 organizations including ICMC Europe, on 3 April 2020. It calls upon European governments to urgently relocate unaccompanied minors from the Greek islands to safety, particularly in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the unsanitary conditions in the camps.


The Time Is Now for Europe to (Re)Focus and Lead With Its Principles of Upholding Human Rights and Life-Saving Protection

March 18, 2020

Delivered by ICMC Policy Officer Mantalin Kyrou on behalf of a group of NGOs including ICMC on 11 March 2020 at the 77th UNHCR Standing Committee Meeting. The statement expresses strong concern at the absence of protection measures adopted by the EU and its Member States in relation to the situation at the Greek-Turkish border and urges support for Greece.


Strengthening Implementation and Enriching Partnerships for Migrants and Communities

December 2, 2019

Delivered by ICMC Policy Officer Mantalin Kyrou on 28 November 2019 at the IOM Council Meeting. The statement welcomes IOM's Institutional Strategy on Migration and Sustainable Development and urges IOM to consider adding children as a cross-cutting issue.


Resettlement Is a Life-Saving Protection Mechanism That Works

December 2, 2019

Delivered by ICMC Policy Officer Mantalin Kyrou on 29 November 2019 at the IOM Council Meeting. The statement calls for an increase in resettlement and complementary pathways places and highlights the suffering of unaccompanied children migrating from the Horn of Africa.

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