Migration

Words of Saint Mary Euphrasia

A person is of more value than the whole world

MIGRATION

School for migrant children Good Shepherd Language School for children of Migrants, in Thailand

Human Rights for all migrants and refugees

The Challenge

The movement of peoples today includes migrants, temporary workers, refugees, asylum seekers, internally-displaced persons (IDPs) and stateless persons, each defined under separate legal frameworks in national and international law; all are entitled to move in safety and dignity. The categorization of people in migration sometimes condemns them to being objects of suspicion and xenophobia, facing complex bureaucratic barriers to social support or inclusion. Yet realities of today can defy status categories, with situations often ambiguous and overlapping. Persons already suffering exclusion due to gender, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, disability, illness or age are subject to intensified discrimination when in migration.

The Vision

We embrace our Judeo-Christian spiritual foundation that rests on a commitment to “welcome the stranger.” Our first response to migrants and refugees is to welcome them as one would welcome the Divine among us. We honor the culture and heritage each brings and we celebrate the positive contributions newcomers make to the lives and development of host communities. The service needs of persons in resettlement or status regularization are extensive, including language skills, health care, social integration, trauma healing, employment skills, legal help, etc. We listen to their experiences, accompany them, develop programs and work in partnerships to serve complex needs and to facilitate self-empowered social participation.

 

Congregational Position Papers 2018

Congregational Position Papers 2018

In 2011, the Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd published a set of Good Shepherd Position Papers to serve as a tool toward relevant development of programs, policy, and advocacy. This 2018 Position Papers update encompasses the Congregational Chapter Direction statement of 2015. It integrates insights of Catholic Social Teaching, including teaching of our current Pope Francis; it draws on the international work of our congregational nongovernmental organization (NGO) representative at the United Nations (UN), including the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) framework of the UN Agenda 2030.

Click here for Congregational Position Papers 2018 on Migration, Economic Justice, Girl Child, Trafficking, Prostitution, Integral Ecology.

 

Thousands Rally for Refugees

Srs Caroline Price & Monica Walsh rally in Melbourne

In Australia, Palm Sunday has for many years been the day when people of all faiths and social justice advocates have walked to highlight the need for peace and justice.  In recent years the theme has embraced the plight of people seeking asylum and refugees who are held in detention within Australia or off-shore.  Some Good Shepherd sisters in Melbourne and Brisbane joined thousands of concerned citizens to highlight the situation of those being held in off-shore detention for more than five years, and to call for their detention to end.

The Solidarity

Good Shepherd responds in solidarity with migrants and refugees.  We honour the culture and heritage they bring, help them in their needs for resettlement or regularization, and celebrate the positive contributions migrants make to the economic, social and cultural lives of a new place.

Good Shepherd stands with all persons of good will who work to ensure that the most vulnerable migrants will receive the protection, welcome, and opportunity that every human person ought to be accorded.

Catholic Social Teaching on Immigration and the Movement of Peoples - Compiled by Sr Clare Nolan.

Click here for up to date information from the International Organization for Migration - https://www.iom.int/

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The Programmes

  • Philippines
  • Thailand
  • Malaysia
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • Hong Kong
  • Indonesia
  • Cambodia