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MIJARC/IMCARY was founded in october 1954 in Annevoie, Belgium, by the catholic rural youth movements of Germany, Austria, Belgium, Spain, Netherlands, Italy and Luxemburg.

During the 50 ties MIJARC/IMCARY got official recognition of the Vatican, FAO, ILO and UNESCO.

The World Congress of MIJARC/IMCARY in Lourdes 1960 with the participation of 26500 rural youth was an important event especially in terms of strengthening the relationship with rural youth movements outside of Europe which soon became member of MIJARC/IMCARY.

Since then MIJARC/IMCARY has strengthened it´s network all over the world, is involved in advocacy and lobby activities in different UN organisations and has positivly influenced the life of millions of young people world wide.