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Published on May 19, 2008

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Assisting Refugee Resettlement Using Parish Energies: A Partnership with Catholic Charities/Project Overview

ARRUPE Assisting Refugee Resettlement Using Parish Energies For I Was a Stranger and You Welcomed Me

“ The Church is ever mindful that Jesus Christ was himself a refugee, that as a child he had to flee with his parents from his native land in order to escape persecution. In every age, therefore, the Church feels herself called to help refugees.” Pope John Paul II Refugee Center, Morong, Phillipines 1981

“ The Church is ever mindful that Jesus Christ was himself a refugee, that as a child he had to flee with his parents from his native land in order to escape persecution. In every age, therefore, the Church feels herself called to help refugees.”

Pope John Paul II

Refugee Center, Morong, Phillipines

1981

Catholic Social Teaching and Migration Popes and bishops’ conferences have synthesized Catholic theological tradition to articulate: Five Basic Principles on Migration Persons have the right to opportunities in their homelands Persons have the right to migrate to support themselves and their families Sovereign nations have the right to control their borders Refugees and asylum seekers should be afforded protection The human dignity and rights of migrants should be respected

Popes and bishops’ conferences have synthesized Catholic theological tradition to articulate:

Five Basic Principles on Migration

Persons have the right to opportunities in their homelands

Persons have the right to migrate to support themselves and their families

Sovereign nations have the right to control their borders

Refugees and asylum seekers should be afforded protection

The human dignity and rights of migrants should be respected

Who Is A Refugee? Refugees are individuals and families unable or unwilling to return to their country of origin because of a well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of: Race Religion Nationality Political opinion Membership in a particular social group

Refugees are individuals and families unable or unwilling to return to their country of origin because of a well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of:

Race

Religion

Nationality

Political opinion

Membership in a particular social group

Refugee Resettlement Statistics 14 Million refugees and asylum seekers worldwide Add internally displaced and stateless persons and the number climbs to 33 Million Over 60% are women and children Less than 1 percent are permanently resettled each year The Catholic Church is the largest provider of refugee resettlement services in the US Catholic Charities Boston to resettle 300 refugees this year

14 Million refugees and asylum seekers worldwide

Add internally displaced and stateless persons and the number climbs to 33 Million

Over 60% are women and children

Less than 1 percent are permanently resettled each year

The Catholic Church is the largest provider of refugee resettlement services in the US

Catholic Charities Boston to resettle 300 refugees this year

Refugee Resettlement: Process Difficult and Lengthy Refugees must flee their country of origin Seek safety in second (transit) country Apply for recognition by the UNHCR as a refugee Meet Rigorous US Requirements

Difficult and Lengthy

Refugees must flee their country of origin

Seek safety in second (transit) country

Apply for recognition by the UNHCR as a refugee

Meet Rigorous US Requirements

Life in Exile Exile: Egypt, Ghana, Jordan, Sierra Leone, Kenya, Thailand Refugee Camps: “Home” for 98% of our refugee families Urban refugees: live as an under-class, targeted by police in host countries; no work authorization; fear of deportation (Iraq) Live among thousands of refugees from other countries

Exile: Egypt, Ghana, Jordan, Sierra Leone, Kenya, Thailand

Refugee Camps: “Home” for 98% of our refugee families

Urban refugees: live as an under-class, targeted by police in host countries; no work authorization; fear of deportation (Iraq)

Live among thousands of refugees from other countries

Experience in Exile Average stay in a refugee camp: 6-10 years All have been exposed to violence or witnessed death of loved one All lack most basic necessities No exposure to Western society Limited access to formal education

Average stay in a refugee camp: 6-10 years

All have been exposed to violence or witnessed death of loved one

All lack most basic necessities

No exposure to Western society

Limited access to formal education

Tham Hin Refugee Camp Living Conditions Overcrowded: 9,500 people in a camp designed for only 4,000. Only 16 acres of land Each family of 7-10 people lives in a five-meter space, with one meter of space between families. Domestic violence and conflict with neighbors Discrimination: refugees not allowed beyond a 300 meter radius of the camp; arrested and subject to deportation if found outside compound

Overcrowded: 9,500 people in a camp designed for only 4,000. Only 16 acres of land

Each family of 7-10 people lives in a five-meter space, with one meter of space between families.

Domestic violence and conflict with neighbors

Discrimination: refugees not allowed beyond a 300 meter radius of the camp; arrested and subject to deportation if found outside compound

Tham Hin Refugee Camp Living Conditions Poverty is striking: one pair of clothes; children are barefoot and often naked Health: limited medical care, high incidence of stomach parasites, worms, skin rashes Work: manual labor, minimal farming Housing: bamboo Education: informal, few materials Electricity and Telephones: none Toilets: pit latrines, no running water

Poverty is striking: one pair of clothes; children are barefoot and often naked

Health: limited medical care, high incidence of stomach parasites, worms, skin rashes

Work: manual labor, minimal farming

Housing: bamboo

Education: informal, few materials

Electricity and Telephones: none

Toilets: pit latrines, no running water

Victims of Violence, Terror, War Most of the World’s refugees are women and children. Refugee children face grave dangers: abduction, exploitation, and forced military conscription

Most of the World’s refugees are women and children.

Refugee children face grave dangers: abduction, exploitation, and forced military conscription

Education: Rare and Substandard

Refugee Camp School

Refugee Newcomers in the Archdiocese of Boston Africa: 34% Burundi, Eritrea, Liberia, Somalia, Sudan Latin America: 3% Cuba Middle East: 4% Iraq Near East: 3% Afghanistan South East Asia: 37% Burma (Chin & Karen) Viet Nam

Africa: 34%

Burundi, Eritrea, Liberia, Somalia, Sudan

Latin America: 3%

Cuba

Middle East: 4%

Iraq

Near East: 3%

Afghanistan

South East Asia: 37%

Burma (Chin & Karen)

Viet Nam

In Partnership with Catholic Charities Resettlement Services Welcome and Reception Housing, food, furnishings Clothing, basic needs Employment Services English as a Second Language Cultural Orientation/Acculturation Parish and Community integration Interpreter and Translation services GOAL: Early Employment and Self-Sufficiency within 6 Months

Resettlement Services

Welcome and Reception

Housing, food, furnishings

Clothing, basic needs

Employment Services

English as a Second Language Cultural Orientation/Acculturation

Parish and Community integration

Interpreter and Translation services

Resettlement Challenges Unfunded Mandates Lack of Affordable Housing Acculturation Community Living Unfamiliarity with Western society Exposure to violence Health Malnutrition Lack of pre-natal care/women’s health Post Traumatic Stress

Unfunded Mandates

Lack of Affordable Housing

Acculturation

Community Living

Unfamiliarity with Western society

Exposure to violence

Health

Malnutrition

Lack of pre-natal care/women’s health

Post Traumatic Stress

The first place for the Church's attention to refugees remains the parish community, which has the task of sensitizing its members to the plight of refugees, exhorting them to welcome as Jesus taught: "I was a stranger and you welcomed me" (Mt 25:35). Benevolence, respect, trust and sharing are practical expressions of a culture of solidarity and hospitality. --”Refugees: A Challenge to Solidarity” Pontifical Council
for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People 1992 WHY ARRUPE HELPS Expressing Christ’s Love for the Poor Reflecting Our Worldwide Communion in the Local Church

The first place for the Church's attention to refugees remains the parish community, which has the task of sensitizing its members to the plight of refugees, exhorting them to welcome as Jesus taught: "I was a stranger and you welcomed me" (Mt 25:35).

Benevolence, respect, trust and sharing are practical expressions of a culture of solidarity and hospitality.

--”Refugees: A Challenge to Solidarity”

Pontifical Council
for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People

1992

HOW ARRUPE HELPS Household Goods Companionship Education Advocacy Prayer

Household Goods

Companionship

Education

Advocacy

Prayer

HOW YOU CAN HELP Contribute Financially Donate new and gently-used household items Mentor or tutor a refugee Offer employment or job leads Help with housing Come to a monthly meeting Offer Prayer and Spiritual Support

Contribute Financially

Donate new and gently-used household items

Mentor or tutor a refugee

Offer employment or job leads

Help with housing

Come to a monthly meeting

Offer Prayer and Spiritual Support

Refugees’ Landing The new immigrants call us back to our ancestral heritage …and to our baptismal heritage as members of the body of Christ. --W elcoming the Stranger Among Us: Unity in Diversity,A Statement of the U.S. Catholic Bishops

Refugees’ Landing

In order to build the civilization of love, dialogue between cultures must work to overcome all ethnocentric selfishness and make it possible to combine regard for one's own identity with understanding of others and respect for diversity. J ohn Paul II, World Day for Peace Message, 2001

Pedro Arrupe, SJ 1907 - 1991 28th Superior General of the Society Of Jesus Founder of the Jesuit Refugee Service Faithful Friend and Servant

28th Superior General of the Society Of Jesus

Founder of the Jesuit Refugee Service

Faithful Friend and Servant

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