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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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The Future of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund

November 7, 2019

Issued by a group of NGOs, including ICMC Europe, on 7 November 2019. The statement urges European legislators to ensure that the Asylum and Migration Fund for 2021-2027 adequately addresses vulnerabilities, ensures protection, provides for meaningful partnerships with civil society organizations, and guarantees effective coordination and resourcing for integration funds.
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NGOs Call on the EU and Its Member States to Demonstrate Leadership on Resettlement at the Global Refugee Forum 2019

October 31, 2019

Issued by a group of NGOs, including ICMC, on 31 October 2019. The statement urges European Union Member States to make a collective pledge of 30,000 resettlement places for 2020 at the Global Refugee Forum in December 2019 and to ensure the pledges are fulfilled within the calendar year 2020.
Publication

Fostering Community Sponsorships Across Europe

October 30, 2019

Publication

ICMC Code of Conduct

July 23, 2019

Statement

NGOs Statement at the 2019 Annual Tripartite Consultations on Resettlement

July 3, 2019

Issued by a group of NGOs including ICMC for the 2019 Annual Tripartite Consultations on Resettlement organized by the UN Refugee Agency. The statement urges States to make long-term commitments to resettlement programmes, to ensure that family reunification policies are responsive to the needs of refugees and to increase the accessibility of existing complementary pathways.

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