On 14 March, an agreement was signed between the French State, the Community of Sant’ Egidio, the Catholic Church and Protestant communities. The agreement will enable 500 Syrian refugees from Lebanon to enter French territory in the coming months, following the example of humanitarian corridors already in place in Italy.
In the wake of President Trump's executive order on immigration, and to mark UN World Interfaith Harmony Week, Thomas H. Smolich SJ, international director of Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) and Imam Yahya Sergio Yahe Pallavicini, president the Italian Islamic Religious Community (COREIS), released a joint statement.
This year’s meeting between the EU and high level religious leaders was devoted to the theme “Migrations, Integration, European values: from words to action”. The following is taken from the speech of Mgr. Jean Kockerols in which he explained his interpretation of the Catholic Church’s position on the migrant crisis.
At the beginning of September, the United Nations’ children’s fund Unicef presented the report “Uprooted”. Its shocking message was that there are almost 50 million displaced children and young people worldwide, with 28 million of these fleeing from terror and violence.
Despite the existence of greater social awareness of this criminal activity and the build-up of expertise in the Member States, two major challenges remain: obtaining better data and fighting new forms of trafficking.
The EU Commission together with the EMCDDA will launch the European Drug Report 2017, providing a comprehensive analysis of recent trends in the drug situation in Europe.
> 7 June The EU Commission is expected to publish a Reflection Paper on the Future of the European Defence by 2025.
> 7 June The EU Commission is expected to publish the Implementation of the EU Global Strategy: Communication on efforts to foster state, economic, environment/climate and social resilience in thirds countries.
> 15-16 June A high-level event on EU Arctic Policy will be held in Oulu, Finland.