A new deal on migration?

European leaders have now negotiated a deal with Turkey to try and resolve the migration crisis. Turkey will now do more to stop migrants leave in to attempt the crossing to Greece and the European Union will also forcibly return some migrants who have entered Europe to Turkey. Is this fair? How would you feel to be forcibly moved back to a country where you don’t want to be? Imagine those who have paid thousands to make the perilous journey.

What does Turkey want in return? Well, it’s has a long wish list and it’s has a strong hand to play.

is this the kind of deal that should be done?


A Message from the EU President


What kind of message is this to send?

Is it better he is honest rather than building false hope?

Do you think we have an obligation to help?

Is the reason he is telling people not to try and come to Europe and economic one?

Minister launches pan European Erasmus Plus Project


St Catherine’s College / Coláiste Chaitríona played host to a lively debate on Wednesday 3rd February on the topic of immigration within Europe. The event marked the official launch by the Minister for Education, John O’Dowd MLA, of the Erasmus Plus Programme for schools in the North of Ireland.

Minister O’Dowd was joined on the panel by Bernadette McAliskey, Co-ordinator STEP (South Tyrone Empowerment Programme) Dungannon and, via Skype, by Florence de la Villéon, a sister of the Society of the Sacred Heart, who is currently working with immigrants in Sicily.

Erasmus Plus is an initiative of The European Commission designed to encourage collaboration and exchanges among European Schools. St. Catherine’s College and Victoria College Belfast are the only two schools in the North of Ireland to be awarded Lead School status as part of Erasmus Plus.

St Catherine’s College is heading up a pan European project which aims to investigate the impact of immigration on four Sacred Heart Schools. They have teamed up with sister schools Mount Anville College, Dublin, Sacré-Coeur, La Perverie, Nantes, France and Collegio Santa Magdalena, Spain.

During their initial meeting in Armagh in November, pupils began contributing to a blog highlighting the impact that immigration has had on their own communities. They were also trained in film-making skills and will create short films on the subject of immigration which will be screened at a film festival in Armagh in May 2017.

Speaking after the launch, Minister O’Dowd said:

    “It was a pleasure to be part of the panel today at the launch of the Erasmus+ programme   

      for schools here.  Your project is to promote tolerance, respect, diversity, perception and

     inclusion.   Making links with Mount Anville College, Dublin, Sacré-Cour La Perverie,

     in France and Collegio Santa Magdalena in Spain will be vitally important in helping you

     meet those objectives.  Through those links and new collaborations you will see the issues

     which are affecting countries throughout Europe, involving thousands if not millions of

     people.  Those issues also touch on us here in the north of Ireland.  I wish you well on your

     journey of discovery.”