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Card Parolin: isolation is not the answer to the challenges of migrations

Speaking at the UN conference on migrations, the Vatican Secretary of State said that when the challenges posed by migration are not well managed, "crises can form, rhetoric can eclipse reason, and migrants can be seen more as threats than as brothers and sisters in need of solidarity and basic services.”

Vatican City (AsiaNews) – Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin spoke yesterday at the intergovernmental Conference on Migration that opened in Marrakesh, Morocco to adopt the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.

In his address, which the Vatican released today, Card Parolin said that “the Holy See is convinced that the enormous challenges that migration poses are best faced through multilateral processes rather than isolationist policies.”

Noting that migration has always happened, he pointed out that “While the majority of migration remains regular, ever more people are being constrained by adverse factors to leave their homes. This often leads to involuntary, unsafe, and irregular journeys that place migrants and their families in vulnerable situations".

"As we have seen in recent years, when these challenges are not managed well, crises can form, rhetoric can eclipse reason, and migrants can be seen more as threats than as brothers and sisters in need of solidarity and basic services. The Global Compact on Migration attempts to assist the international community to prevent crises and tragedies. At the same time, it also seeks to improve the governance of migration”.

"To achieve these goals, the Global Compact for Migration, although not legally binding, includes a comprehensive framework of best practices and policy instruments to increase international cooperation and sharing of responsibility in the governance of migration in all of its dimensions."

Lastly, Card Parolin announced that “The Holy See has already launched the process to find the most effective ways with which institutions of the Catholic Church and Catholic-inspired organizations throughout the world can make use of the Global Compact’s compendium of best practices and recommendations”.

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