human development, social justice and sustainable social systems

Annual activity report 2015

from the secretary general

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Annual activity report 2015 from the secretary general
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Annual activity report 2015 from the secretary general FR
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People and societies are facing increasingly challenging times. For us in Caritas, this is a crucial moment in history in which “we need to strengthen the conviction that we are one single human family.”

The world is burning, also Europe. The so called “refugee crisis” is among our daily concerns and endeavours. The effects of the war in Syria, and of the wars in the whole Middle East, Africa and Afghanistan, are no longer “there” they are “here”. The refugees are a symptom of long lasting wars that have been fuelled by many interests, including European ones.

The war in Ukraine has caused more than 5 million direct victims, including Internally Displaced Persons, refugees and those living in territories ruled by warlords.

Regretfully, European border policies are also contributing to fuelling life threatening and illegal ways of migration, instead of preventing them. The challenge of migrant integration – starting with those who are already in Europe, often undocumented – showcases the failure of decades of erroneous political choices. Ghettos, fears and xenophobia are also spreading in the political arena. Poverty and inequality are growing in Europe in a time when luxury goods’ markets are experiencing an unprecedented growth. Children and families are suffering the most from this impoverishment, along with women with family responsibilities, long term unemployed and migrants.

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Luis Teixeira
Finance and Administration Director
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Email: lteixeira@caritas.eu