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Every foreign country is a homeland

· In his message for the world day Pope Francis calls for a change in mentality and for greater international cooperation regarding the phenomenon of human mobility ·

Migrants and refugees are not pawns on the chessboard of humanity but people who suffer violence, discrimination and marginalization

Migrants and refugees are not “pawns on the chessboard of humanity” but real people: men, women and children who suffer violence, discrimination and marginalization. Pope Francis launched a new and strong appeal for these people, calling for greater international cooperation and hoping for a change in mentality beginning with the conviction that “every foreign country is a homeland”. In his message for the next World Day of Migrants and Refugees, to be celebrated on 19 January 2014, the Pontiff once again denounced “trafficking and exploitation, suffering and death” — especially human trafficking and slave labour — underlining the “scandal of poverty in its various forms”. This phenomenon must be approached “in a new, equitable and effective manner” beginning with the closer collaboration and mutual aid between states. The Pope also underlined the importance of a “culture of encounter” which will aid in overcoming fears, diffidence and prejudices regarding migrants.

The  unabridged text of the Pope's message

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Nov. 21, 2019

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