Migration in Europe: Call for united political will, commitment to Council of Europe standards and durable solutions

In order to successfully tackle the challenges linked to migration, there needs to be “a clear, principled and holistic approach by the Organisation covering all areas of migration management”, said the Special Representative of the Secretary General on Migration and Refugees, Tomáš Boček, in his first activity report, published today.

More stringent border controls have led to a steady fall in the overall number of new arrivals in Europe, although it is likely that refugees and migrants will continue to arrive in significant numbers over the next years. The challenge for member states will be to ensure that the measures they adopt to reduce migration flows and to return failed asylum-seekers respect human rights standards. A further challenge will be to put in place policies to promote the inclusion of refugees and migrants with the right to remain in Europe.

Literacy and active citizenship for North African women

The project "Torino my city", born from an idea of ​​the Meic of Torino in more than 15 years ago and managed since 2015 by “Mondi in città” (Non profit organization), has involved so far more than 3000 students accompanied by over 900 children. More than 1,200 students were able to obtain a secondary school diploma. The courses are organized by “Mondi in città”, thanks to the contribution of Compagnia di San Paolo, Fondazione CRT, Associazione Come Noi (non-profit org.) and gifts from supporters. The initiatives are carried out in collaboration with the Civic Libraries of Torino and with the patronage of 4 city circumscriptions. The MEIC, thanks to the 8x1000 of the Catholic Church, guarantees the cultural and educational paths to the active citizenship.

The EU policy to assist the Libyan authorities in intercepting migrants in the Mediterranean and bringing them back to "terrifying" prisons in Libya "is inhuman". The High Commissioner for Human Rights reports in a statement released in Geneva a few weeks ago. The UN observers in Libya were shocked by what they saw: thousands of undernourished and traumatized men, women and children huddled together, locked up in sheds without access to the most basic services." It is the denunciation of the High Commissioner.

It was a special day in Riace, a small village in Calabria, in southern Italy, as residents recently celebrated Saints Cosmas and Damian — doctors of the poor, patrons of Riace and of gypsies.

There was also a special guest joining the mayor to open the ceremony: 9-year-old Even, who had arrived from Ethiopia just three days before.

“Saint Cosmas and Saint Damian came from Syria. Today Syria is in many ways at the centre of the world’s problems; there’s an exodus that’s unprecedented in the history of mankind. Today, in Riace, we have a child as a symbol of hope, of a new life, to which all humans are entitled,” Domenico Lucano, Mayor of Riace, said during the celebrations.

     Below is my presentation dated 12th November.  I do not think that our position would have changed much in the last three months.  The main difference between November and today is the recent announcement of the date for the Referendum on Membership of the European Community, which is filling and will probably continue to fill most of our newspapers and radio and television media for the next three months, almost certainly at the expense of coverage of the migrant and other world situations.  Those of us who are internationally-minded almost despair of the insular views of our Press,

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Slovenja is probably the  most communist country of the EU. 70% of the economy is under government control
which is under the control of the former communist structures. There is a lot of corruption and the economy is inefficient Respect for the law is very relative, the opposition has been convicted of bribery.

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In 2015 Germany hosted 1.1 million refugees. Many continue to arrive. Even without right to asylum they must leave their country. Refugees must be welcome, find a housing, and the integration process must start immediately. There are many volunteers who support governmental actions. There are different responses in population: support the action of Merkel, or oppose to it. There is a debate about the limits of integration.

     3 years ago at the World Assembly of the Christian Life Communities in Lebanon there were discussions about the increasing global issue of refugee and migration crisis. At the time in Lebanon, there was approximately 25% of all the inhabitants - refugees, mainly from Syria. Father General Nicholas Adolfo SJ, which is both general of the Jesuit order and ecclesial assistant, has underlined the necessity for CLC to address the issues of migration and refugees in our ministry.