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Standing on the solid ground of Scripture, EthicsDaily is committed to working with partners advocating for the human rights of immigrants, refugees and asylum-seekers. […] Read More

Adults in the U.S. and Canada who say religion is important in their lives tend to be less accepting of migrants, according to a Gallup report released on April 26. “Gallup created the Migrant Acceptance Index (MAI) to gauge people’s acceptance of migrants based on increasing degrees of personal proximity. The index is based on […] Read More

How Christians have responded to the issue of immigration is often shared in articles and videos. However, the prior question of why they should is not necessarily as easy as we might think. And while there are people in our churches who would throw open the borders tomorrow, there are also those who – for […] Read More

When we look at issues of migration and human rights in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), we see that there’s still much work to be done on our part on behalf of immigrants and refugees. And today, it’s particularly important that we add voices from the faith community to the discussion of immigration […] Read More

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.” Though published Aug. 21, his statement was written on the Feast of the Assumption of Mary (Aug. 15) and noted a connection between Mary and migrants: “The Holy Mother […] Read More

I visited again in mid-May the site of the so-called “Jungle” in Calais, France, where refugees had created a makeshift camp. I caught up with friends in the warehouse, met new people in the Catholic worker house and went shopping with my favorite monk. And I went to see where food distribution takes place on […] Read More

There are presently more than 63.9 million “persons of concern” in the world. This designation includes refugees, people awaiting recognition as refugees and people who have fled their homes but not sought refuge in another country (internally displaced persons or IDPs). Of these, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reports, 16.1 million are […] Read More

Pope Francis stressed that addressing the global refugee crisis requires an urgent, coordinated response based on four verbs: welcome, protect, promote and integrate. Fear, indifference and rejection of refugees is “rooted ultimately in self-centeredness and amplified by populist rhetoric,” he asserted during his Feb. 21 address at the International Forum on Migration and Peace. Citing […] Read More

Easily obscured by the contemporary, somewhat artificial, expressions of a cultural Christmas is the reality that the original Bethlehem story occurred against a backdrop of pain and dislocation for its primary characters. While we celebrate with great festivity the generous portion of blessing and “good times” that our Christmas acknowledges or at least prompts, we […] Read More

The World Association for Christian Communication-Europe (WACC Europe) and the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME) launched a project on Dec. 1 to assess media portrayal of refugees and address inaccuracies. There are three focal points of the yearlong project: 1. Assess media portrayal and representation of refugees in at least five European countries, […] Read More