The Church in Europe supports UN Global Compact on Migration

The European Catholic Bishops’ Conferences is committed to support the UN Global Compact on Migration which is scheduled to be adopted by United Nations members next week.

A meeting in Marrakech, Morocco, on 10 and 11 December will see UN Member States endorse the document, which is the first international tool setting best practices for managing migration around the world.  Unfortunately there is a list of defectors which  is growing.

The document, which lists 23 goals and aims for better coordination between countries, presents migration in a positive light and proposes to improve the rights of migrants and the duties of host countries while combating illegal migration.

Archbishop Jean-Claude Hollerich, President of the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union, reaffirmed the Catholic Church in Europe’s shared responsibility towards migrants and refugees in our societies.

The archbishop insisted that migrants are not just figures or trends, but persons who have faces, names and individual stories and thus deserve to be treated in accordance with their inherent human dignity and their fundamental rights. He recalled Pope Francis’ appeal to “welcome, protect, promote and integrate” migrants and refugees.

Hollerich stated that the principles of the centrality of the human person and of the common are fundamental to the EU and member states’ internal and external policies, also in migratory issues and he encouraged national political authorities, in the words of Pope Francis, “to ground responsibility for the shared global management of international migration in the values of justice, solidarity and compassion”.

He described the Compact as the “fruit of a vast negotiation” which shares a common responsibility of authorities and societies in countries of departure, transit and arrival to frame and regulate migration for the benefit of all human persons and communities involved.

Archbishop Hollerich exhorted EU Member States to make this Global Compact an achievement for the common good of a shared humanity.