I am Migration

Conflict and persecution around the globe have forced millions of individuals to flee for their lives. More than 65 million people are displaced globally, outpacing the international community’s ability to respond. Not only are more people displaced today, but they are displaced for an average of 17 years.

While refugees come from everywhere—from Latin America to Afghanistan—the largest group is from Syria. The majority of these refugees are living in urban communities rather than refugee camps, communities in developing countries that are struggling to meet the needs of their own people. The changing landscape of migration requires new long-term solutions.

CRS is leading the way in providing refugees with lifesaving basic necessities such as food, water and shelter. We also have the opportunity to urge our leaders and the international community to address education, livelihoods and resettlement for refugees. Just as importantly, we can work for diplomatic solutions to the war and political instability that are the root causes of this global humanitarian crisis.
 

URGENT: TAKE ACTION NOW 
Host an I am Migration Solidarity Vigil

Organize. Pray. Advocate. Bring together your campus to respond to the recent executive orders and policies affecting migrants and refugees.  This Solidarity Vigil How-To Guide includes an updated advocacy letter to Congress and can be used in its entirety or adapted to supplement other campus events.  

Sign a Letter

Turn your passion into action by urging Congress to provide more robust funding for refugees, and to work for peace and justice in Syria and Iraq. It’s a quick and easy way to ensure your voice is heard. 

Host a "Refugees Seeking Safety" Simulation

Cabrini College has designed a simualation to raise awareness and advocacy in solidarity with unaccompanied minors fleeing from Central America. Use their videos, how-to-guides, and educational materials to host a simulation on your campus. 

Campus Examples

Check out examples from other campuses to see how they are bringing "I am Migration" to life in their community.  And then steal their ideas and adapt for your own university!


I AM MIGRATION 101

Explore our wide range of tools and resources for mobilizing your campus around the issue of migration. It’s everything you need to engage, educate and empower. 


LEARN & PRAY
I am Migration

CRS Statement on Refugee Ban Executive Order

I am Migration

CRS Statement on Border Wall Executive Order

I am Migration

CRS Supports Pope Francis' Appeal to End Violence in Aleppo, Syria

I am Migration

CRS Answers 5 of the Toughest Questions about Why We Want to Welcome Syrian Refugees

I am Migration

I am Migration Campus Examples

I am Migration

Unaccompanied Minors: Stories from CRS Delgation to Guatemala and Honduras

I am Migration

Our Lady of Guadalupe: Day of Prayer with Migrants & Refugees

I am Migration

Advent Digital Retreat about Migration

I am Migration

Join Pope Francis & Caritas Internationalis to Pray for Peace in Syria

I am Migration

CRS Responds to Iraqis Fleeing Mosul Violence

I am Migration

CRS Responds to Thousands of Refugees in Greece

I am Migration

Miriam's Story: Finding Hope in Education

I am Migration

Understanding Syrian Refugees, One Story at a Time

I am Migration

CRS Policy Paper on Migration: Meeting the Challenges of the World's Refugee Crisis

I am Migration

Greece: Embracing Refugees in a Time of Crisis

I am Migration

Supporting Syrian Refugee Children through Education

I am Migration

World Refugee Day 2016: 17 Years is Too Many to Lose

I am Migration

In Egypt, CRS Helps Refugees Start Over

I am Migration

CRS Summer Camp for Syrian Refugees Helps Kids be Kids

I am Migration

5 Q&As on 5 Year Anniversary of Syrian Civil War

I am Migration

A Moment for Grace

I am Migration

Gracious Lord, Child of Bethlehem

I am Migration

Lebanon: Hungering for Peace

I am Migration

General Intercessions for Peace in Syria

I am Migration

Together in Your Grace

I am Migration

General Intercessions for Peace in Iraq

I am Migration

Prayer for Migrant Children

I am Migration

Unaccompanied Minors

I am Migration

We Cry Out

I am Migration

To Reach Across Borders

I am Migration

Syrian Refugees: Meet the People Everyone is Talking About

I am Migration

Emergency Shelter and Settlement Recovery

I am Migration

Caritas Study on Connections between Trafficking & Migration

I am Migration

Climate Change causes Migration in West Africa

I am Migration

11 Things You May Not Know About Refugees


CORE RESOURCES
Ambassador Calendar

Interactive calendar with hyperlinks to help plan your year on campus

I am the Cause. I am the Solution. Campaign Overview

A great summary of the campaign and three issue areas.  This can be distributed to others on campus.

Tips for Setting up an Advocacy Meeting

Quick tips for arranging an advocacy meeting with your members of Congress.

Tips for an Advocacy Meeting

Quick tips for ensuring that your advocacy meetings with Congress go well and are effective.

Recruiting One Pager

Quick tips for recruiting more people to join your efforts and attend your events.

Event Planning One Pager

Quick tips for planning great events on campus.


OTHER URGENT #IAM ISSUES
I am Climate Change
I am Human Trafficking

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In 2013, the number of international migrants worldwide reached 232 million, up from 175 million in 2000 and 154 million in 1990. (United Nations Department of Economic Affairs, 2015)
In 2013, the number of international migrants reached 232M, up from 175M in 2000 and 154M in 1990. @CatholicRelief http://education.crs.org/issues/migration
As of the end of 2014, 38 million people around the world had been forced to flee their homes by conflict and violence. Never in the last 10 years, have the world seen such a high estimate for the number of people newly displaced in a year. (Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre)
Through violence & conflict, a record-breaking 38 million people were internally displaced in 2014. @CatholicRelief http://education.crs.org/issues/emergencies