|Because God calls us to care about others:
Missions & Social Justice Team is offering education information about how our faith connects to various social concerns. Each month they will focus on a specific topic and each week will focus on a different faith lens to view that topic. This month is Immigration and Global Migration.
What does the Bible say?
I was a stranger and you welcomed me. (Matthew 25:35b)
So now you are no longer strangers and aliens. Rather, you are fellow citizens with God’s people, and you belong to God’s household. (Ephesians 2:19)
What does the United Methodist Church say?
We recognize, embrace, and affirm all persons, regardless of country of origin, as members of the family of God. We affirm the right of all persons to equal opportunities for employment, access to housing, health care, education, and freedom from social discrimination. (Social Principles paragraph 162h)
Migrants rights are human rights. It is tragic when migrants, whose rights have already been violated in their home countries, find their human rights also violated in their host countries. (2016 Book of Resolutions, #6025, “Globalization and its Impact on Human Dignity and Human Rights”)
What do the facts say?
A refugee is someone who has been forced to flee his or her country because of persecution, war, or violence. A refugee has a well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group.
Not all movements – migration or immigration – are unhampered and chosen freely. Forced migration is a denial of human dignity and a violation of human rights. Addressing forced migration at countries of origin is the way to address its root causes.
What do you say?
Urge your government to adopt policies for just and hospitable welcome of refugees and migrants. Advocate for just and expeditious processing of refugee applications.
Help migrants and refugees integrate to a new culture. Help them address psychosocial issues, including traumas, associated with forced migration.
Do cross-cultural learning and sensitivity training about each country’s customs, traditions and social expectations. Help refugees and migrants develop language skills, look for a job, set up a bank account, and navigate a new city.
See the complete Faith & Facts cards here: