Refugees, Mirgrants, Xenophobia, and Catholics
Migration is a complex issue that has generated xenophobia, even in traditionally Catholic countries, Pope Francis says. Speaking to an International Federation of Universities conference, Francis reflected on the conference theme “Refugees and Migrants in a Globalized World: Responsibilities and Responses of Universities”. He said there is an urgent need “to do further studies into the root causes of forced migration with the aim of identifying viable solutions.” This will involve reflecting on the negative, sometimes discriminatory, xenophobic reactions migrants face in countries of “ancient Christian traditions” and finding ways to raise awareness about this. “It is appropriate to initiate further studies on the remote causes of forced migrations, with the aim of identifying practicable solutions also in the long term, as it is necessary first to ensure that people have the right not to be forced to emigrate,” he said.
Refugees, migrants, xenophobia and Catholics
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