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From Empathy to Action

JUN 05 2017 by SIMN
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The Scalabrini International Migration Network (SIMN) Leadership Council, Ontario Canada, hosted a charity event to benefit vulnerable migrants and their families to become self-sufficient and build safe communities.

New York, SIMN, Head Office, June 5, 2017 - The Scalabrinian Missionaries are undertaking many projects for migrants all over the world. Their mission is to safeguard the dignity and rights of migrants, vulnerable and marginalized people on the move. The SIMN Leadership Council of Ontario, Canada, is supporting the Scalabrinian programs to welcome, protect, promote and integrate migrants and refugees around the world by promoting an annual charity event in Toronto. 

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Statement of the Scalabrini International Migration Network International Dialogue on Migration April 19, 2017

APR 24 2017 by SIMN
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The Scalabrini International Migration Network (SIMN) operates 270 programs worldwide serving migrants, refugees, victims of human trafficking, and the internally displaced—schools, shelters, parishes, and community centers.  We would like to thank the International Organization on Migration (IOM) for hosting this dialogue and allowing for our participation.

While SIMN plans to comment on the many substantive issues involved in the Global Compact on Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration as the process continues, we would like to make one general comment at the outset.  This perspective comes from our observations and experience in the field.

The lofty goals of the Compact, as articulated by Director General William Swing and others, and the reality on the ground are far apart—a gap that will be challenging to bridge.   The reality on the ground is that a record number of persons are on the move globally and a new model is already emerging to address their large movements.  Unfortunately, this model is not based upon human rights principles, but on the goal of keeping large movements of persons where they are, and, in some cases, pushing them back to from where they have fled.

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SIMN is Now a Participating Member of CLAMOR – A new faith-based network that cares for migrants in Latin America

APR 20 2017 by SIMN
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(Vatican Radio)  In a clear sign of support and in response to Pope Francis’ call to care for and welcome forced migrants, displaced persons, victims of trafficking and refugees, the Latin American bishops are promoting a newa faith-based network for migrants in need.  

Known as CLAMOR (Latin American and Caribbean Migration Network, Shelter and Human Trafficking), the network brings together a large number of organizations that deal with human mobility and that shelter and give assistance to trafficked persons.

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Nota coceptual del VI Foro de Migración y Paz

APR 05 2017 by SIMN
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La Unión Europea, al igual que otras partes del mundo, ha estado experimentando una "crisis migratoria" sin precedentes. Esto ha supuesto una tremenda presión no sólo sobre las políticas migratorias, sino también sobre los valores y principios fundamentales de la sociedad humana.

Los países europeos y los ciudadanos, por ejemplo, han reaccionado a la crisis migratoria de manera diferente y conflictiva, y la migración se ha convertido en la nueva división política en Europa, influyendo en el resultado de los procesos electorales, políticos y de toma de decisiones. La propaganda populista ha explotado la crisis migratoria hasta el punto de que, por algunos segmentos de la sociedad, los migrantes y los refugiados ya no son percibidos como seres humanos necesitados, sino percibidos como una amenaza genérica para la seguridad y la identidad de las comunidades locales. En consecuencia, son sumariamente rechazados.

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