World Day of Migrants and Refugees 2015: “More decisive and constructive action is required”, says Pope Francis

Geneva, 18 January 2015 – On the occasion of World Day of Migrants and Refugees, the International Catholic Migration Commission underscores two urgent challenges that the world faces today: the need for more international cooperation and collaborative governance, and the need to establish new models of diverse, yet stable, societies in which social and economic development can take place.

Today we are calling for the need to respect diversities and build a common space where people can live together in spite of their differences, whether cultural, religious, social, or economic. Any failure in truly recognizing “the other” impedes true human development, social cohesion and progress.

We live in a context of constantly changing international relations, shifting economies, and humanitarian challenges of growing complexity. Referring to international cooperation to deal with the phenomenon of migration, Pope Francis emphasizes that “a more decisive and constructive action is required, one which relies on a universal network of cooperation, based on safeguarding the dignity and centrality of every human person.”


Young Syrian refugee in Lebanon. Photo: © UNHCR

Syria is the biggest refugee crisis in the world today. As UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres has stated, “Syria has become the defining humanitarian challenge of our time”. Upon returning from a recent visit to Syria, one of our colleagues said: “You can’t imagine how many Syrian children are in the street asking for money or trying to sell all sorts of items in order to survive. I have heard of 10-month old babies without parents, with no one to support them, abandoned in the street. The international community keeps saying that the solution is political. The only thing you see in Syria today is people dying.”
Questions immediately come to mind: “What is the international community doing for these children? Where is the dignity and centrality of every human person that Pope Francis is talking about? What can we do, each of us, as individuals and societies?
Pope Francis reminds us that we are called, as people and societies, to “share our resources, and occasionally to give up something of our acquired riches.” Each of us, and each country, has the capacity to respond in so many ways. Prayer is an important response. So is advocacy: for greater assistance and protection—and proper political solutions—for people uprooted in their own countries and across borders, and for decent asylum, resettlement and other humanitarian admissions. In this regard, what we need most are concrete initiatives, whether individual or collective, to support refugees and migrants upon arrival, facilitate their integration into their host country, help them find education and employment, and help them build a future full of social and economic opportunities.
This Sunday, Churches all around the world will read a biblical passage in which God himself calls to one who is sleeping… who slowly, but clearly, responds, “Here I am Lord, your servant is listening.” May we, each of us, also listen and respond, clearly.


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ACP EU Migration Action - Roster of Experts

Dear South-South Migration Network Members,

Greeting and happy New Year.

We are very pleased to start the year by sharing with you a new and very interesting opportunity. Following the recent launch of the ACP-EU Migration Action managed by IOM,  the calls for two rosters of experts on migration have been launched.  We would like to invite you to apply and to disseminate these calls to your network:

·        a roster of ACP-EU Experts on Migration (click to go to the call) for short and mid-term assignments (maximum 60 days) to provide technical assistance responding to the requests submitted by African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries/ Regional Organizations, in the areas of remittances, visas and readmission;

·        a roster of Baseline Assessment Consultants (click to go to the call) for performing baseline assessments in ACP countries.

Further information on the calls, the application forms, and the criteria to be accepted into the rosters are in the related webpages (to click on the links above).

Please note that the two rosters are open both to ACP and EU nationals and they constitute an opportunity for ACP and EU Governments to second their qualified staff to an ACP country.

For additional information, please visit the Action’ website available at

Should you have any questions about these rosters, please contact the team of the ACP-EU Migration Action here in copy.

Kindest regards,

ACP-EU Migration Action Team


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Digital Remittances for Refugees in Jordan!


PHB Development Newsletter Spring/Summer 2015


PHB Development is currently working with GIZ to leverage access to remittances and other financial services through digital solutions in Jordan.

The project is planned to start in October 2015 and to last three years with a total contribution of up to 2.3 million euros by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the involvement of other potential stakeholders.

Refugees from neighboring conflict-affected countries (mainly Syria) as well as Jordanians will be the beneficiaries of this project, which is part of the German development cooperation’s special initiative "Tackling the root causes of displacement, reintegrating refugees." GIZ’s initiative aims to increase the targeted populations’ revenues and improve their capacity to manage their money and develop productive activities, thanks to formal digital means, which are more efficient and better fit their needs.

PHB Development is providing inputs to support the transition to digital transfers and financial inclusion through mobile wallets. Among other tasks, this consultancy includes facilitating the dialog between the Central Bank of Jordan and stakeholders to mitigate the risks related to the development of digital channels in a practical way. PHB will also give support to pilot initiatives related to digital payments and social payments (through mobile wallets), as well as support for improving financial literacy, digital payment adoption and capacity building to develop economic activities.


PHB Development Newsletter Spring/Summer 2015
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