A person who has been forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster.
A person who moves from one place to another in order to find work or better living conditions.
I’m sick to death of people lumping refugees and migrants into the same category. They are not the same. Migrants can go home. Refugees can’t.
The Vatican document ‘Refugees: A Challenge to Solidarity’ says that:
“… justice and equity demand that appropriate distinctions be made. Those who flee economic conditions that threaten their lives and physical safety must be treated differently from those who emigrate simply to improve their position.4“
It makes me so angry when people fail to distinguish the two because it is not fair. A migrants desire for a better life does not trump, or even equal a refugees desperate need for help.
What does the CCC say…?
2241 “The more prosperous nations are obliged, to the extent they are able, to welcome the foreigner in search of the security and the means of livelihood which he cannot find in his country of origin. Public authorities should see to it that the natural right is respected that places a guest under the protection of those who receive him.
Political authorities, for the sake of the common good for which they are responsible, may make the exercise of the right to immigrate subject to various juridical conditions, especially with regard to the immigrants’ duties toward their country of adoption. Immigrants are obliged to respect with gratitude the material and spiritual heritage of the country that receives them, to obey its laws and to assist in carrying civic burdens.”
It is our Christian duty to help as many refugees as our country can reasonably cope with. It is not our Christian duty to put up with the sort of lawless savage behaviour we have witnessed in the sexual attacks in Cologne and other European cities. And it is certainly not our Christian duty to allow those thugs to steal the space and help required by those who genuinely need it, and who would be genuinely greatful and respectful towards their host country.
Now because I’m shrewd in my discernment of those most vulnerable, your mindless socialist default response might be to call me Hitler. But before you try to blindly throw the racist or bigot card at me, take a moment to think:
Are you distinguishing between migrant and refugee?
Why is it important that you distinguish?
What does the church *actually say* on the subject of refugees vs migrants?
We are currently facing one of the biggest refugee crises the world has ever seen. Is it right that migrants looking for a better life take up the space and resources meant for refugees who are desperate?
It seems to me that priority should go most vulnerable and worst persecuted. And those people are the middle east Christians.