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Migration

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 Jordan: child refugees need schools

Caritas Jordan: child refugees need schools

  • 19 December 2014
Earlier this year, Caritas Jordan received the approval of the Jordanian government to receive Iraqi Christian refugees fleeing persecution by Islamic extremists in Mosul and the Ninevah Plains.
  • Vatican Radio teams up with Caritas Jordan

Vatican Radio teams up with Caritas Jordan

  • 19 December 2014
In a series of blogs, Vatican Radio’s Tracey McClure looks at the challenges facing Jordanian society and the toll that the Syrian war is exacting on some of the region’s most vulnerable.
  • Migrant children need opportunities, says Caritas

Migrant children need opportunities, says Caritas

  • 18 December 2014
Caritas urges governments to prioritise the needs of unaccompanied migrant children on World Migrant Day and to increase employment opportunities in home countries for young people.
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.

Resources
MDG-2015

Christian Organizations Against Trafficking in Human Beings