“Building the Future with Migrants and Refugees”—Theme for World Day of Migrants and Refugees 2022

Each year, the world observes World Day of Migrants and Refugees on the last Sunday in September. Celebrated by the Catholic Church since 1914, WDMR is now a day designated annually by the United Nations to commemorate and honor people who have been forced to flee their homes, people who have escaped conflict, seen adversity, and, against all odds, forged their way to restart their lives far away from their homes. This day recognizes the courage and fortitude of people on the move and serves to heighten our level of empathy and understanding of their plight and a recognition of the difficult decisions many immigrants have had to make to survive. Read the reflections of Martha Rubiano Skretteberg, the Secretary General of Caritas Norway, on WDMR and on “Bringing Societies Together in Time of Crisis” here.

The Vatican: Female Migrant Workers Challenges and Strengths – Bulletin #7

Migrant workers often have to accept unsafe and unfair work and must live in precarious conditions. They are exposed to various forms of slavery and lack a welfare system protecting them. They are among the victims of the widespread “culture of waste”, which – Pope Francis reminds us – is at the origin of the inequality that afflicts the world.

Everyone has the right to protection

To mark World Refugee Day 2022, Caritas Europa, with the support of Caritas International.BE, produced a short video that captures the sentiments of those forced to flee their homes–an experience tragically shared by over 89 million people across the world.

89.3 Million People Displaced Worldwide According to UNHCR Global Trends Report 2021

The UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, published its Global Trends report on June 16, in advance of World Refugee Day marked on June 20. The annual report presents data and analysis on the plight of all forcibly displaced people throughout the world. At the end of 2021, 89.3 million individuals worldwide fled persecution, violence, human rights violations or events seriously disturbing public order. According to the Global Trends report, the number of people forced to leave their homes has increased every year over the past decade and stands at the highest level since records began. Without a new, concerted push towards peacemaking, this trend is likely to continue, said UNHCR.