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Migration and Peace

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February 28, 2017

migrazione e paceREFLECTION - On February 21-22, 2017, The VI International Forum on “Migration and Peace – From reaction to action” promoted by the Scalabrini International Migration Network(SIMN), by the Dicastery for Integral Human Development of the Holy See and by the Konrad Adenauer Stitfung took place in Rome.
The Forum gathered over 200 representatives from international organizations, institutions, governments, world academics, local entities, centers of expert research on the theme of migration, international cooperation and migration.  Among the participants was the Coordinator of the FMA International Network, Guido Barbera.

Defense of the ‘inalienable rights’ of people, “guarantee of fundamental liberties and respect for their dignity” are “tasks from which no one can be exempt”.  It is the commitment asked of the international community in the face of the contemporary drama of “forced migration caused by conflicts, natural disasters, persecutions, climatic changes, violence, extreme poverty, and shameful living conditions”.
Pope Francis strongly affirmed this to the Forum participants.

“Doubtlessly, a clear  journey is the one proposed by Pope Francis: Receive, protect, promote, integrate.  Pope Francis highlighted how impressive is the number of people who migrate from one continent to another, as well as those who move within their own Countries and their own geographical areas.  The flow of contemporary migrants constitutes the vastest movement of persons and of peoples of all times.   The increase of 60 thousands in addition to the six million of presences in Italy in the last thirty years has changed the very identity of our communities.  The ‘four verbs’ of Pope Francis, however, indicate a very clear journey.  Faced with the attitude of rejection toward migrants, rooted basically in egoism and amplified by popular demagogy, urges a change of behavior to overcome indifference and fear with a generous attitude of welcome toward those who knock on our doors”.
We must open accessible and secure humanitarian channels, the Holy Father repeated.  A responsible and dignified welcome for these brothers and sisters begins with their first systemization in adequate and decorous places.  No, to the huge mass gatherings of those requesting asylum and refuge.  Yes, to programs of hospitality spread out in the communities, in the families, already being carried out in various places, that facilitate personal encounter and offer a better quality of services.

For two days, after a pre-forum restricted to religious Entities, there were government representatives, ecclesial Entities, civil society, migrants who explored potential solutions based on the good practices in Europe, North and South America, especially in Italy, Germany, Canada, Mexico, United States.  From this Forum work emerged how essential it is to create a network.  Institutions and civil society must work for positive and virtuous action.  At the same time, the Institutions must guarantee the right to ‘not emigrate’, creating projects so that the community is not dismembered, devastated by crises of every kind.  The support of Pope Francis shows how migration is the priority of priorities, because this is dictated by many other factors of the history of humanity”.

The United Nations General Assembly will meet again in 2018 on the theme of migrations and Msgr. Tommasi, addressing the Holy Father to present the Forum, asked for: “a special Synod on migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers, to send a clear, strong message in the direction of a governance that is more respectful of every person, to sensitize public culture and prevent the forced uprooting of so many people from their human context”.  Cardinal Turkson, in concluding the work of the Forum, stressed how in “every catastrophe there are always many heroes who carry out heroic acts and many who have other attitudes.  The European Nations and citizens have reacted to the migratory crisis in different and contrasting ways.  Migration has become a new political point of rupture, often influenced by the result of those same political processes and decisions.  Today, migrants and refugees are no longer seen as human beings in difficulty, but rather as a global threat for the security and identity of the community itself.”

Source: cgfmanet.org

On February 21-22, 2017, The VI International Forum on “Migration and Peace – From reaction to action” promoted by the Scalabrini International Migration Network(SIMN), by the Dicastery for Integral Human Development of the Holy See and by the Konrad Adenauer Stitfung took place in Rome.
The Forum gathered over 200 representatives from international organizations, institutions, governments, world academics, local entities, centers of expert research on the theme of migration, international cooperation and migration.  Among the participants was the Coordinator of the FMA International Network, Guido Barbera.

Defense of the ‘inalienable rights’ of people, “guarantee of fundamental liberties and respect for their dignity” are “tasks from which no one can be exempt”.  It is the commitment asked of the international community in the face of the contemporary drama of “forced migration caused by conflicts, natural disasters, persecutions, climatic changes, violence, extreme poverty, and shameful living conditions”.
Pope Francis strongly affirmed this to the Forum participants.

“Doubtlessly, a clear  journey is the one proposed by Pope Francis: Receive, protect, promote, integrate.  Pope Francis highlighted how impressive is the number of people who migrate from one continent to another, as well as those who move within their own Countries and their own geographical areas.  The flow of contemporary migrants constitutes the vastest movement of persons and of peoples of all times.   The increase of 60 thousands in addition to the six million of presences in Italy in the last thirty years has changed the very identity of our communities.  The ‘four verbs’ of Pope Francis, however, indicate a very clear journey.  Faced with the attitude of rejection toward migrants, rooted basically in egoism and amplified by popular demagogy, urges a change of behavior to overcome indifference and fear with a generous attitude of welcome toward those who knock on our doors”. 
We must open accessible and secure humanitarian channels, the Holy Father repeated.  A responsible and dignified welcome for these brothers and sisters begins with their first systemization in adequate and decorous places.  No, to the huge mass gatherings of those requesting asylum and refuge.  Yes, to programs of hospitality spread out in the communities, in the families, already being carried out in various places, that facilitate personal encounter and offer a better quality of services.

For two days, after a pre-forum restricted to religious Entities, there were government representatives, ecclesial Entities, civil society, migrants who explored potential solutions based on the good practices in Europe, North and South America, especially in Italy, Germany, Canada, Mexico, United States.  From this Forum work emerged how essential it is to create a network.  Institutions and civil society must work for positive and virtuous action.  At the same time, the Institutions must guarantee the right to ‘not emigrate’, creating projects so that the community is not dismembered, devastated by crises of every kind.  The support of Pope Francis shows how migration is the priority of priorities, because this is dictated by many other factors of the history of humanity”.

The United Nations General Assembly will meet again in 2018 on the theme of migrations and Msgr. Tommasi, addressing the Holy Father to present the Forum, asked for: “a special Synod on migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers, to send a clear, strong message in the direction of a governance that is more respectful of every person, to sensitize public culture and prevent the forced uprooting of so many people from their human context”.  Cardinal Turkson, in concluding the work of the Forum, stressed how in “every catastrophe there are always many heroes who carry out heroic acts and many who have other attitudes.  The European Nations and citizens have reacted to the migratory crisis in different and contrasting ways.  Migration has become a new political point of rupture, often influenced by the result of those same political processes and decisions.  Today, migrants and refugees are no longer seen as human beings in difficulty, but rather as a global threat for the security and identity of the community itself.”

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