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People have always moved away from their homes to find work or to escape war, natural disasters, poverty, persecution, inequality and hunger. Migration has always happened and always will. It has long been a risky undertaking, which leaves many people very vulnerable to exploitation and abuse, whether they are moving inside their own countries or to new ones.

It’s thought that one in every seven people is a migrant. More and more are women – almost half of all migrants – and increasingly they are moving alone. More children are also migrating by themselves and not as part of any family group. It can be a terrifying and even deadly experience.

Caritas recognises the bravery and strong spirit of people who want to build better lives for themselves and their families. But it wants migration to be an informed choice and campaigns for migrants to be properly protected by law. Caritas believes in a positive view of migration – migrants should be welcomed as they bring many benefits to their host countries not just those they left behind.

“I was a stranger and you took me in; naked and you clothed me” (Matthew 25:35-36)

Caritas Updates on Migration

  • Home away from home in Mexico

Home away from home in Mexico

  • 4 October 2016
Caritas believes it is vital that migrants are treated with dignity as persons. Caritas Mexico provides all kinds of assistance to those seeking hope for their families through their Casa del Migrante program
  • Pope Francis calls for Middle East peacemakers

Pope Francis calls for Middle East peacemakers

  • 29 September 2016
Pope Francis met with Church workers on the crisis in Syria and Iraq 29 September in the Vatican. There were representatives of 40 Catholic aid agencies and Churches engaged there in humanitarian operations, including Caritas organisations.
  • UN can make history for refugees and migrants

UN can make history for refugees and migrants

  • 15 September 2016
The United Nations will be discussing a plan for helping the 65 million people who’ve been uprooted by war, inequality, poverty, climate change around the world.
Our key areas on Migration
How Caritas works on Migration

Caritas addresses the issues around migration directly. It works to advise and protect all migrants – men, women and children – to prevent trafficking and abuse. Caritas advocates for the rights of domestic workers – who are often migrants – and for proper legal protection for all people who move to find work and security. Read more about migration here.


Christian Organizations Against Trafficking in Human Beings