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World Refugee Day 2016: ICMC shares stories of hope

Tuesday 21 June 2016, by SIGNIS

Geneva, June 21st, 2016 (ICMC). On June, 20, 2016, the whole world celebrated the World Refugee Day. In order to commemorate it, the International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC) launched a public call to share messages and stories of support and solidarity towards refugees worldwide

“With more than 60 million people fleeing violence, conflicts or persecutions, a lack of legal channels to allow people to migrate safely, and insufficient support for successful integration of refugees into host countries, there is an urgent need to show solidarity towards refugees and to share messages of hope and mercy with them”, can we read on the ICMC website.

ICMC already had the idea to call on people to share messages of hope and mercy written on hands in support of migrants worldwide, in response to Pope Francis’ invitation to open our hearts and our doors to the people in need.

Now, in observance of this World Refugee Day 2016, ICMC is “sharing stories of resettled refugees as a witness to their strength and determination despite the hardship they have endured and as an encouragement to maintain faith and hope for those still stranded or awaiting resettlement in transit countries”.

ICMC believes that, “even today, it is possible to truly change the lives of many people forced to flee by welcoming the stranger and providing integration opportunities for refugees.”

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