Méthodologie - 26 July 2011

en - Public manifesto: Migrants, challenge of the new millennium

Little Sisters of the Assumption, we live and work in different continents. Every day we come into contact with the unbearable suffering of migrants and displaced persons of all ages and all cultures. We see them arrive by land or sea in very precarious conditions, often risking their lives. Always operated by people who enjoy what they feel the urgency to leave their home countries to have access to basic necessities for themselves and their families.
We meet homeless, hungry, without money or documents, without the possibility of communication in an unknown country. It is a traumatic experience for the rest of their lives, an experience that leads them to seek refuge in ghettos with others in similar situations.
Different political systems use local media to describe them as invaders who come to enjoy the resources of the country where they arrive. They highlight the cost of financing programs for immigrants and gradually reduce aid.
The host country approve of laws that do not respect international agreements and conventions on migrants, regardless of human rights, and they strongly affect their dignity. They promote unacceptable migration policies based on the perception of immigrants as criminals, terrorists which is necessary to protect themselves, hence the creation of detention centers and deportations. They are places of violence and abuse, which lead to suppressed revolts in even greater violence. This is unacceptable in the twenty-first century. Closing the borders to people, and at the same time they are opened freely to finance, trade and information. Racism and xenophobia are increasing.
Why immigrants leave their country?
The immigrant population has tripled in the last forty years and will continue to increase. The causes of this movement are many: war, violence, natural disasters and poverty, all this is the result of an unfair development. It is time for us and our governments, we recognize that people leave their countries because they have no other option to survive. The causes of migration are found in the decisions we make in organizing the life and relationships at various levels.
At the African Synod of 2009, Bishop W Avenier, Bishop of Makurdi, Nigeria, said: "The African people will continue to happen in Europe, the risk of dying in the desert or at sea, until one takes into consideration the economic and environmental balance between the two continents and the world. Responsibility to adjust this imbalance has to come from the West. "From this we are all responsible.
We can not remain silent
We are deeply questioned before:
• The repeated violation of fundamental human rights, violence, human trafficking, sexual violence, discrimination and arbitrary detention that are casualties among immigrant workers, especially in sub-Saharan Africans.
• Interventions to stop the migrants at sea or on the borders within the country, threatening the recent sinking of hundreds of people off the coast of southern Italy, which concern many women and to children trying to flee the war in their country.
• The humanitarian situation of thousands of immigrant workers and their families that are assigned to transit centers, without protection, without access to water, adequate food and health services.
With a heart full of compassion and an attitude of cooperation
We support the following proposals:
• Search for development policies and international trade that promote fair and sustainable economy in the countries from which the largest number of migrants, an economy that protects the natural resources of the most impoverished of the greed of the rich West . This would reduce the number of people forced to migrate due to extreme poverty.
 Working to reform immigration policies with the constant concern to ensure that undocumented immigrants have full access to their fundamental rights.
 Recognize the contribution of those arriving in the country’s economy and establish laws governing the labor market and ensure a safe migratory flow and economically sustainable.
 To facilitate family reunification and unity of the immigrant family. Maintaining family ties is essential for full human and social stability to succeed.
Collected in the General Chapter, we become more aware of the complexity of migration in the world today and the great suffering imposed on millions.
We renew our commitment with migrants, by strengthening our local actions in a global perspective, working with international networks.
Little Sisters of the Assumption, 2011 General Chapter. Paris

Little Sisters of the Assumption, we live and work in different continents. Every day we come into contact with the unbearable suffering of migrants and displaced persons of all ages and all cultures. We see them arrive by land or sea in very precarious conditions, often risking their lives. Always operated by people who enjoy what they feel the urgency to leave their home countries to have access to basic necessities for themselves and their families.
We meet homeless, hungry, without money or documents, without the possibility of communication in an unknown country. It is a traumatic experience for the rest of their lives, an experience that leads them to seek refuge in ghettos with others in similar situations.
Different political systems use local media to describe them as invaders who come to enjoy the resources of the country where they arrive. They highlight the cost of financing programs for immigrants and gradually reduce aid.
The host country approve of laws that do not respect international agreements and conventions on migrants, regardless of human rights, and they strongly affect their dignity. They promote unacceptable migration policies based on the perception of immigrants as criminals, terrorists which is necessary to protect themselves, hence the creation of detention centers and deportations. They are places of violence and abuse, which lead to suppressed revolts in even greater violence. This is unacceptable in the twenty-first century. Closing the borders to people, and at the same time they are opened freely to finance, trade and information. Racism and xenophobia are increasing.
Why immigrants leave their country?
The immigrant population has tripled in the last forty years and will continue to increase. The causes of this movement are many: war, violence, natural disasters and poverty, all this is the result of an unfair development. It is time for us and our governments, we recognize that people leave their countries because they have no other option to survive. The causes of migration are found in the decisions we make in organizing the life and relationships at various levels.
At the African Synod of 2009, Bishop W Avenier, Bishop of Makurdi, Nigeria, said: "The African people will continue to happen in Europe, the risk of dying in the desert or at sea, until one takes into consideration the economic and environmental balance between the two continents and the world. Responsibility to adjust this imbalance has to come from the West. "From this we are all responsible.
We can not remain silent
We are deeply questioned before:
• The repeated violation of fundamental human rights, violence, human trafficking, sexual violence, discrimination and arbitrary detention that are casualties among immigrant workers, especially in sub-Saharan Africans.
• Interventions to stop the migrants at sea or on the borders within the country, threatening the recent sinking of hundreds of people off the coast of southern Italy, which concern many women and to children trying to flee the war in their country.
• The humanitarian situation of thousands of immigrant workers and their families that are assigned to transit centers, without protection, without access to water, adequate food and health services.
With a heart full of compassion and an attitude of cooperation
We support the following proposals:
• Search for development policies and international trade that promote fair and sustainable economy in the countries from which the largest number of migrants, an economy that protects the natural resources of the most impoverished of the greed of the rich West . This would reduce the number of people forced to migrate due to extreme poverty.
 Working to reform immigration policies with the constant concern to ensure that undocumented immigrants have full access to their fundamental rights.
 Recognize the contribution of those arriving in the country’s economy and establish laws governing the labor market and ensure a safe migratory flow and economically sustainable.
 To facilitate family reunification and unity of the immigrant family. Maintaining family ties is essential for full human and social stability to succeed.
Collected in the General Chapter, we become more aware of the complexity of migration in the world today and the great suffering imposed on millions.
We renew our commitment with migrants, by strengthening our local actions in a global perspective, working with international networks.
Little Sisters of the Assumption, 2011 General Chapter. Paris