See this online text:

  • Refugees: A Challenge to Solidarity, by the Pontifical Council “Cor Unum” and the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, October 2, 1992. May be read online at the Holy See.

One may also look at the following essays prudentially applying the norms set out in the above document to current issues concerning the movement of refugees/migrants/asylum-seekers from the Middle East to Europe:

Posted on World Refugee Day, 2018.

“‘[{T}he universal common good] includes the whole family of peoples, beyond every nationalistic egoism. The right to emigrate must be considered in this context…’ At the same time, States have the right to regulate migration flows and to defend their own frontiers, always guaranteeing the respect due to the dignity of each and every human person. Immigrants, moreover, have the duty to integrate into the host Country, respecting its laws and its national identity…

“The situation of refugees and of the other forced migrants, who are an important part of the migration phenomenon, should be specifically considered in the light of the theme ‘One human family’. For these people who flee from violence and persecution the International Community has taken on precise commitments. Respect of their rights, as well as the legitimate concern for security and social coherence, foster a stable and harmonious coexistence.” (Pope Benedict XVI, Message for the 97th World Day of Migrants and Refugees [2011])

 

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