Church as defender of immigrants and refugees

By |9 July 2014|

In the western hemisphere, the Church’s role as defender of migrants and refugees is more important than ever, as those on the move continue to be subject to abuse, exploitation, and violence.

“Blossoms of prayer” for the world’s migrants

By |9 July 2014|

Unfortunately rather than creating the conditions for a “globalisation of spirit” where we live in a state of peaceful co-existence and fraternity, we are increasingly experiencing a “globalisation of indifference”.

Migrants making their home in Morocco

By |9 July 2014|

Morocco used to be a ‘transit country’ for migrants – one through which they would pass on their way to Europe. Now, more and more migrants are settling in Morocco. Europe wants Morocco to be a ‘guardian’ so the migrants stay there.
  • In too many other countries, both European and non-European, children are still detained for the sole reason of asking international protection or for being on the territory without permission. Credit: Worms/Caritas
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    Ending Child Immigration Detention: More than a Utopian Pursuit

Ending Child Immigration Detention: More than a Utopian Pursuit

By |19 June 2014|

In too many other countries, both European and non-European, children are still detained for the sole reason of asking international protection or for being on the territory without permission.
  • If I get my papers I hope to have a bright future because I’m living in Europe,” says Aashif (far right). Credit : Hough/Caritas
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    Strength, courage and confidence on the migrant journey from Bangladesh to Italy

Strength, courage and confidence on the migrant journey from Bangladesh to Italy

By |4 June 2014|

Caritas provides clothes, Italian and geography lessons and some of the food. The migrants should stay in the centre just a few days, but Italy is struggling to find longer-term accommodation for migrants because so many have been arriving.

Minor migrants in Mexico

By |29 April 2014|

The situation of extreme poverty, armed conflict, limited access to means of development, and in some cases family pressure, is driving ever more children and adolescents from Central America to travel along migration corridors in the hope of reaching the US border, or otherwise trying their luck in Mexico.
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    Protecting Nepalese children from trafficking and unsafe migration

Protecting Nepalese children from trafficking and unsafe migration

By |25 March 2014|

Through a combination of awareness-raising programmes, radio outreach and training, Caritas Nepal is working to prevent human trafficking, unsafe migration and violence against women along some of Nepal's border areas.

Caritas helps Syrian Armenian brothers build new lives

By |21 March 2014|

In the first in a series on minors who migrate, we look at how Caritas helps Syrian Armenian brothers build new lives after divorce and war split up their family.

Child migrants become labourers in Ghana

By |18 January 2014|

Child migrants in Ghana are ending up exploited as porters. Caritas says they need protection and the poverty driving them from their homes needs to be cut.

A view from Algeria on International Day of Migrants

By |17 December 2013|

View from Algeria on International Day of Migrants, focusing on Caritas help with children and minors

International Youth Day focus on migration

By |7 August 2013|

International Youth Day is commemorated every year on 12 August. This year the theme is ‘Youth Migration: Moving Development Forward’.

Syria through the eyes of its children

By |8 May 2013|

Four million people have had their lives shattered by the war in Syria, half of them are children. For the millions of children still inside the country, everyday is a struggle.

Away alone: Protect children who migrate by themselves

By |25 September 2012|

Children migrating alone to other countries are vulnerable to abuse. Caritas calls for better protection for them and a stronger focus on their needs. Children migrate alone because their families want to protect them against violence or hunger, or want them to send money back to help the family. According to a 2010 study by Catholic Relief Services (Caritas member in the USA), abuses facing unaccompanied Central American children in Mexico ranged from robbery, extortion, intimidation, verbal abuse, and physical abuse, the last two being the most frequent. The CRS study says children suffered abuse while in transit, when apprehended, while in detention or during the deportation or repatriation process. Caritas members and church bodies in other parts of the world have reported similar situations of abuse. The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child will discuss the contents and implications of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in the context [...]
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    Migrants brave deserts and shipwrecks to reach safety in Italy

Migrants brave deserts and shipwrecks to reach safety in Italy

By |18 June 2012|

At a migrant centre near the banks of the Tiber River, a Caritas case worker talks about an African woman targeted in her home country for political reasons: Caritas helped her pay her rent in Rome while she got on her feet.

Happy to be home in Nepal

By |22 March 2012|

By Laura Sheahen Thirty-year-old Madhu Tharu has been working for other people since she was a little girl. A bonded labourer in a village of bonded labourers, the Nepali woman basically belonged to her landlord. The system of serfdom that trapped her wasn’t abolished in Nepal until the early 2000s. So for years, she worked all day. Her brothers, at least, were allowed to go to school. As a kamalari--a servant girl-- she wasn’t. As teenagers, Madhu and thousands of girls like her were prime targets of traffickers, criminals who sell girls into forced prostitution or forced labour. As adults, women like Madhu are prime candidates for overseas work as housemaids. Uneducated and impoverished, they sometimes face physical and sexual abuse when working for Middle Eastern families in places like Kuwait. Though some women do indeed earn money when they go abroad, the risks of migration are serious.  Even in the best [...]

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