Thursday 29. October 2020

Refugees and Muslim-Christian relations: A call for bridges not walls

United States

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.

Fighting polarisation and misuse of the refugee crisis

COMECE

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.

Chanuka and Eid at school?

European Union

How can we develop the celebration of feasts and festivals to be more inclusive? A Christian orthodox talks about the initiative she has launched in her country, Finland.

Uprooted children

Martin Maier

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.

Shedding new light on the trafficking of human beings in the EU

European Commission

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.

Pope Francis and the compassion of the Europeans

Martin Maier SJ

In visiting refugees on the island of Lesbos, Pope Francis pointed signalled a humanitarian approach and appealed to the compassion of the Europeans.

The harassment of Christian refugees in European asylum centres

European Union

Some Christian asylum seekers escaping from violence and persecution in their homelands are victims of harassment by extremist Muslims in European refugee centres.

Forced migration and the Turkish “gate-keeper”

European Union

According to Eurostat, a total of 1.3 million persons have applied for international protection in the 28 European Union member states in 2015. Among them is a Somali girl whom JRS met in Italy.

“Missed” unaccompanied refugee children in Europe

European Union

Thousands of unaccompanied refugee minors disappear from reception centres in Europe, and national authorities do not know where they are.

How to integrate migrants into the Labour Market

European Union
19 Sep 2014 --- Construction worker working on roof beams --- Image by © zerocreatives/Westend61/Corbis

Teaching language and assessing their professional competences are one of the key pre-requisites to integrating newly arrived migrants in our societies, says Martin Wilde from the Christian Union of Business Executives, UNIAPAC.

Central Europe and a Democratic Mindset

European Union

A major problem of Central European countries that got rid of communist totalitarianism some 26 years ago seems to be the fact that they still haven´t rooted in western liberal democratic mindset sufficiently. The Czech post-communist political scene offers a good illustration.

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