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The International Catholic Migration Commission is a registered non-profit organization working in the areas of refugee and migration issues.
ICMC was founded in 1951, in the wake of the massive displacement caused by the Second World War. Initiated by the joint efforts of Pope Pius XII, Monsignor Giovanni Battista Montini (Vatican Secretary for Relations with States and later Pope Paul VI), and American layman James J. Norris, ICMC was created to coordinate the work of Catholic organizations in responding to the needs of migrants, refugees and displaced persons, as well as to advocate in the intergovernmental and governmental institutions on their behalf.
ICMC was officially granted public juridical status by the Holy See in 2008. It works in close collaboration with the Secretary of State of the Vatican and with the Migrants and Refugees Section of the newly-established Dicastery for the Promotion of Integral Human Development.
Today, ICMC coordinates a network of structures mandated by the Catholic Bishops Conferences worldwide and has staff and programs in nearly 50 countries. Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, ICMC has affiliated entities in Brussels (ICMC Europe), Washington DC and Boston (ICMC Inc.), and operational offices in Greece, Jordan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Pakistan, and Turkey.
As an implementing partner of UNHCR in Greece, ICMC deploys a highly qualified workforce of affiliate experts to assist UNHCR in providing operational support to the Greek asylum and migration management system. Since 2010, this pool of skilled professionals has been a critical component of UNHCR’s protection capacity in Greece. The ICMC experts are recruited and managed by ICMC and work under the overall supervision of UNHCR Greece. They provide support on matters relating to protection, advocacy, legal information, law, country of origin information analysis, quality assurance, project management, and communications.