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A Nuanced Response to Loving Your Neighbor
A Nuanced Response to Loving Your Neighbor

By: Helen Paynter
While many Christians heed the biblical call to welcome the stranger as a response to the immigration issue, others take a more cautious approach. Loving your neighbor can be a knotty and ambiguous issue.

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Nations Support Refugees Just 'Not in My Back Yard'
Nations Support Refugees Just 'Not in My Back Yard'

By: Sue Smith
Nations agree that people can flee their own country to seek asylum elsewhere. Those same nations take issue when people seek refuge within their own borders. It's time we stop looking the other way.

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Pope: 4 Verbs Guide Christian Response to Migrants, Refugees
Pope: 4 Verbs Guide Christian Response to Migrants, Refugees

By: EthicsDaily Staff
In an Aug. 21 statement, Pope Francis addressed again the "lamentable situation" of migrants and refugees, calling global Christians to commit to concrete action "at every stage of the migratory experience."

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Refugees Cling to Life and Hope After Calais Jungle
Refugees Cling to Life and Hope After Calais Jungle

By: Simon Jones
The Calais Jungle, a makeshift camp in northern France where refugees awaited passage to the United Kingdom, may have been wiped away by authorities, but the people didn't disappear.

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Recalling History: Refugee Flight Not Limited to Muslims
Recalling History: Refugee Flight Not Limited to Muslims

By: Kathryn Kraft
How should Christians respond to the vast wave of refugees fleeing Muslim-majority nations and living in Muslim-majority nations? Recall our history when millions of refugees fled after WWII from Christian-majority nations.

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Pope: Welcome, Protect, Promote and Integrate Refugees
Pope: Welcome, Protect, Promote and Integrate Refugees

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Pope Francis stressed that addressing the global refugee crisis requires an urgent, coordinated response based on four verbs: welcome, protect, promote and integrate.

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Immigration and Immigration Reform Resources
Immigration and Immigration Reform Resources

A free PDF resource sheet with links to related EthicsDaily.com articles and videos, as well as outside resources to help churches engage constructively the issue of immigration.

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Angst-Filled First Christmas Rings True to Immigrants
Angst-Filled First Christmas Rings True to Immigrants

By: Bob Newell
Obscured by today's cultural Christmas is the reality that the original Bethlehem story occurred against a backdrop of pain and dislocation for its main characters. It's a story to which immigrants can relate.

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European Churches' Project Addresses Media Portrayal of Migrants
European Churches' Project Addresses Media Portrayal of Migrants

By: EthicsDaily Staff
European churches are assessing media portrayal of refugees, highlighting ways in which media promote refugees' rights to speak on their own behalf and to uphold journalistic practices to challenge disinformation.

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Lacking Moral Imagination to Care for Others: Part 2
Lacking Moral Imagination to Care for Others: Part 2

By: Suzie Lahoud
The tendency for selfish nationalistic policy and shifting blame toward the other is not a Lebanese problem. It is a human problem. We lack a moral and social imagination that can envision the needs of the other.

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Lacking Moral Imagination to Care for Others: Part 1
Lacking Moral Imagination to Care for Others: Part 1

By: Suzie Lahoud
While the flood of Syrian refugees has taken its toll on Lebanon, it is unjust for some to place the blame for the nation's problems on the shoulders of Syrian refugees. Christians must demask this scapegoating.

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When Refugees' Lives are Disrupted, Planning Matters
When Refugees' Lives are Disrupted, Planning Matters

By: Simon Jones
When the French government closed the refugee camp in Calais, the lives of 2,000 people, many of them children, were disrupted. Neither the French nor British government had a plan to deal with the aftermath.

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Report: Children On Move Among World's Most Vulnerable
Report: Children On Move Among World's Most Vulnerable

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Almost 50 million children worldwide currently are migrants, refugees or internally displaced persons, a UNICEF report says. They make up less than a third of the population but account for half the world's refugees.

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A Modern-Day Exodus Tale Unfolds Across Europe
A Modern-Day Exodus Tale Unfolds Across Europe

By: Clare McBeath
We all know the Exodus story, in which Israelites wandered through foreign lands for 40 years en route to the Promised Land. Do we recognize the modern-day exodus story unfolding in Europe?

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Do Baptists Prioritize Refugees Over the Undocumented?
Do Baptists Prioritize Refugees Over the Undocumented?

By: Robert Parham
Two national Baptists bodies took steps on refugees but had little or nothing to say about the undocumented. Both refugees and the undocumented deserve a welcome and just treatment by Christians.

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When Media Dehumanize People in Their Reporting
When Media Dehumanize People in Their Reporting

By: Phil Palmer
Some media call them migrants, others may say immigrants or refugees. Much of our media is guilty, consciously or otherwise, of dehumanizing people in their reporting.

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Human Rights Under Siege in Middle East, North Africa: Part 2
Human Rights Under Siege in Middle East, North Africa: Part 2

By: Wissam al-Saliby
Western collusion aids the increasing human rights violations in the Middle East and North Africa, ranging from political support at the U.N. Security Council to the provision of weapons and police equipment.

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Human Rights Under Siege in Middle East, North Africa: Part 1
Human Rights Under Siege in Middle East, North Africa: Part 1

By: Wissam al-Saliby
The Middle East and North Africa region is seeing increased oppression and human rights violations, even arresting activists and journalists over Facebook posts. How are Western governments involved?

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God Works Through the Weak to Thwart the Powerful's Plans
God Works Through the Weak to Thwart the Powerful's Plans

By: Simon Jones
God often works where he's not invited or welcomed - except by those who have no other prayer but that he'll come to their aid in their distress. Just ask those, many of them Christians, in the refugee camp in France.

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How God Opened Doors for One Immigrant's Journey
How God Opened Doors for One Immigrant's Journey

By: Juan Aragon
Noemi worked long hours for meager pay to support her family in a small Mexican town. After prayer and fasting, she made the treacherous journey to the U.S., where God has provided for her and her family.

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Child Refugees 'Particularly Vulnerable' to Human Trafficking
Child Refugees 'Particularly Vulnerable' to Human Trafficking

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Child refugees are "particularly vulnerable" to exploitation by human traffickers, a report said. Unaccompanied minors as well as children separated from families are particularly susceptible.

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Fear of Refugees Strong in U.S., Even among Practicing Protestants
Fear of Refugees Strong in U.S., Even among Practicing Protestants

By: EthicsDaily Staff
A strong majority (86 percent) of U.S. Protestant pastors said Christians should "care sacrificially for refugees and foreigners," yet 46 percent said their churches feared refugees coming to the U.S.

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UK Baptists Urge Government to Protect Refugees
UK Baptists Urge Government to Protect Refugees

By: Baptist Union of Great Britain
As the French government demolishes homes in a makeshift refugee camp, where migrants hope to cross the English Channel into Britain, Baptists in the United Kingdom urge their government to ensure protection.

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U.S. Officials Explain Refugee Resettlement Process, Goals, Benefits
U.S. Officials Explain Refugee Resettlement Process, Goals, Benefits

By: EthicsDaily Staff
There's a lack of knowledge about the U.S. refugee resettlement process. And that inspired a panel discussion at a national mayors' gathering.

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Report: Global Migrant-Refugee Crisis Exacerbated by EU Policies
Report: Global Migrant-Refugee Crisis Exacerbated by EU Policies

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Restrictive European Union policies have exacerbated the global migrant-refugee crisis, making migration an increasingly perilous and dangerous endeavor, a Doctors Without Borders report says.

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Pope: Prioritize Human Dignity, Rights, Solidarity in Migration Policies
Pope: Prioritize Human Dignity, Rights, Solidarity in Migration Policies

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Pope Francis addressed the global migrant-refugee crisis in a speech on Monday, urging a focus on human rights, global solidarity and compassion.

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Lessons from Ruth Speak to Middle East Immigration
Lessons from Ruth Speak to Middle East Immigration

By: Walid Zailaa
Because of the ongoing Middle East crisis, many from neighboring countries have crossed into Lebanon to seek a safer location. The story of Ruth has lessons to teach the church on how to respond.

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The Better Angels of Our Nature Appeared for a Week
The Better Angels of Our Nature Appeared for a Week

By: Robert Parham
Baptist missionaries saving Nigerian lives in the '60s. Interfaith leaders support an end to world hunger. The pope visits the U.S. These are some of our better angels that surfaced last week.

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Razor Wire Isn't Needed to Protect Christianity
Razor Wire Isn't Needed to Protect Christianity

By: David Crosby
Hungary's prime minister says a 110-mile razor-wire border fence will protect Christians from Muslims. Cynical politicians know the fastest way to whip any group into a frenzy is to say their religion is being attacked.

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On Sweden Trip: Reflections on Church, Refugee Crisis
On Sweden Trip: Reflections on Church, Refugee Crisis

By: Elizabeth Evans Hagan
A trip to Sweden provides an opportunity to reflect on questions of faith and life. Two takeaways: The church in Sweden is not dead, and the Syrian refugee crisis is worse than you think.

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Addressing Underlying Causes of Europe's Refugee Crisis
Addressing Underlying Causes of Europe's Refugee Crisis

By: Zach Dawes
Immediate steps are vital to address the mass movement of people, most of them refugees, across Europe. However, without addressing the crisis' underlying causes, the refugee population will continue to expand.

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Lebanese Baptist Speaks to European Christians about Refugee Crisis
Lebanese Baptist Speaks to European Christians about Refugee Crisis

By: Nabil Costa
One Lebanese Baptist knows the unease many European Christians feel as refugees cross their borders, but now's the time to cast off fear and reflect God's love.

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German Baptist Thomas Klammt Discusses Migrant Crisis
German Baptist Thomas Klammt Discusses Migrant Crisis

By: EthicsDaily Staff
With nearly a half-million immigrants arriving in Germany so far this year, one German Baptist explains why the country and its Baptist churches are so open in a new Skype interview from EthicsDaily.com.

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How 'Botox' News Freezes Truth About Migrant Crisis
How 'Botox' News Freezes Truth About Migrant Crisis

By: Nick Lear
Britain will accept 20,000 refugees fleeing the Syrian crisis. Sounds good, but the Botox of spin is freezing the truth. They'll be accepted over five years, not now. And after five years, many will be deported.

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Your Library: A Crucial Part of Society's Social Fabric
Your Library: A Crucial Part of Society's Social Fabric

By: James Gordon
Libraries are an essential and crucial part of our social fabric. They are places where we learn to be critical of the status quo and radical in the way we see and judge the world in which we live.

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Baptist Volunteers Help Welcome Refugees in Austria
Baptist Volunteers Help Welcome Refugees in Austria

By: David Bunce
Members of a Baptist church in Austria joined other volunteers to help thousands of refugees pouring their nation, many en route to Germany. And your church can help in three ways.

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Sowing Justice Through Generosity to the Poor
Sowing Justice Through Generosity to the Poor

By: Molly T. Marshall
It's always easier to blame the poor for their circumstances rather than appraising the systemic realities making upward mobility nearly impossible. We prefer the poor to be invisible, even in our churches.

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British Baptist Volunteers Reach Out to Migrants
British Baptist Volunteers Reach Out to Migrants

By: Paul Hobson
British volunteers, including two Baptist ministers and several young Baptist church members, visited a migrant camp in a French coastal city where thousands hope to make it to Britain's shores.

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Inaccurate, Negative Narratives Continue to Persist in Immigration Rhetoric
Inaccurate, Negative Narratives Continue to Persist in Immigration Rhetoric

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Donald Trump's comments about Mexican immigrants continue to make headlines, joining a host of other false and negative narratives about immigrants.

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Trump's Anti-Immigration Rhetoric Runs Counter to Biblical Witness
Trump's Anti-Immigration Rhetoric Runs Counter to Biblical Witness

By: Robert Parham
Donald Trump's headline-grabbing agenda on immigration is unbiblical and unworkable. The biblical witness is abundantly clear. We are to treat immigrants with kindness and justice.

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British Churches Press Gov't on Migrant Respect
British Churches Press Gov't on Migrant Respect

By: Paul Hobson
Following Britain's prime minister describing migrants as a "swarm of people," leaders from several British denominations called for "a more informed and higher level of debate on the issue."

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Stopping Terrorist Recruitment of Stranded Minority
Stopping Terrorist Recruitment of Stranded Minority

By: Joe LaGuardia
The Rohingya Muslims of Myanmar are one of the most persecuted minority groups in the world. A reported 6,000 are stranded at sea, and they're prime candidates for terrorist recruitment.

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Humanitarian Aid Efforts Often Overlook Migrants in Crisis
Humanitarian Aid Efforts Often Overlook Migrants in Crisis

By: Zach Dawes
Migrants in crisis situations face unique challenges because they are living outside of their country of origin and lack the family and community support they might otherwise have had.

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Finding a Better Path to Respond to Migrant Crisis
Finding a Better Path to Respond to Migrant Crisis

By: Zach Dawes
Migrants desperate to escape violence and persecution are being exploited by smugglers and traffickers. Although government action has been anemic, the faith community must point to a better path.

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Mission Workers Come to Aid of Mediterranean Migrants
Mission Workers Come to Aid of Mediterranean Migrants

By: Chris Hall
Tens of thousands of people are making the perilous trip across the Mediterranean Sea to the promise of a better life. Many don't survive, but mission workers in southern Italy are helping those who arrive.

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Meet the Sonoran Desert's Crusty Saints
Meet the Sonoran Desert's Crusty Saints
Gene Lefebvre and John Fife, both in their 70s, are two crusty social justice saints who talk immigration reform and walk Arizona's immigration trails. They are the founders of No More Deaths.
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Two Days on the Arizona Border Help Frame Immigration Debate
Two Days on the Arizona Border Help Frame Immigration Debate
Juan Pedro, a 17-year-old migrant, tried once before to cross the border, and now he was trying again. He hoped to find work – any type of work. Instead, he was deported. Hundreds of others die in the unforgiving desert.
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The Plight of One Undocumented Family
The Plight of One Undocumented Family
The story of God's people is the story of aliens. Throughout the biblical text we are reminded of God's concern for the alien and the stranger who reside among us.
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Failed Border Policy Causes Migrants’ Deaths
Failed Border Policy Causes Migrants’ Deaths
As tens of thousands are expected to descend on Washington, D.C., this weekend to call for comprehensive immigration reform, we must not forget the deaths caused by the government’s current border policy.
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The "Others" We Serve Aren't All That Different From Us
In some Christian circles, there's a lot of talk about the "others" – a seemingly nice term for anyone different, from another country or a low socio-economic level or not from a middle- to upper-class Anglo background.
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Advancing God’s Kingdom Requires Defending Human Dignity
Advancing God’s Kingdom Requires Defending Human Dignity
Beyond all particularities of race, origin, gender and the like, all of us are members of the human family, and none of us should be denied our dignity whatsoever, under any circumstance.
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