World Day of Migrants and Refugees: Put the dignity of the person in the centre of migration policies
Fri, 17/01/2014 - 09:36

On the occasion of the World Day of Migrants and Refugees (19 January), Caritas Europa wants to remind European decision-makers that migration needs a European approach that put the dignity of the person in the centre, in accordance with the EU Charter of fundamental rights and all international standards that EU member states have ratified during the last 50 years.

In his statement, Pope Francis says “fleeing from situations of extreme poverty or persecution in the hope of a better future, or simply to save their own lives, millions of persons choose to migrate. Despite their hopes and expectations, they often encounter mistrust, rejection and exclusion, to say nothing of tragedies and disasters which offend their human dignity (...) the reality of migration, given its new dimensions in our age of globalization, needs to be approached and managed in a new, equitable and effective manner; more than anything, this calls for international cooperation and a spirit of profound solidarity and compassion. Cooperation at different levels is critical, including the broad adoption of policies and rules aimed at protecting and promoting the human person.”

In the light of Pope Francis’ words, Caritas Europa urges all decision-making bodies in Europe to ensure that solidarity among EU member states, as well as between Europe and the rest of the world, becomes something more than just words on paper – as it is the sad case today. 

During the period of 2014-2015, Caritas Europa will focus its work in the field of migration on the protection of human dignity and human rights of migrants and asylum seekers. 

For further information, contact

Karolina Babicka
Policy and Advocacy Officer
Migration, Asylum seekers and Refugees
kbabicka@caritas.eu