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
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.