The refugee situation: it’s all about European core values!
“Our older brother was kidnapped by ISIS and we have no news from him. Our situation became unbearable, so we decided to leave Afghanistan on foot and we have travelled a month and a half to get to Greece. Unfortunately during the trip in Iran we lost our father and we don't know where he is. To get from Turkey to Greece we had to pay 1,000 euros per person to the smugglers for a 5 hour ride, not knowing if we would survive the trip. We hope that our father and our brother are alive and that we can all gather in a safer place. It wasn't a trip. It was a killer trip”, explained Mujdah and Mohebullah, 15 and 8 year-old sister and brother from Afghanistan.
According to the United Nations, since 2014 at least 10,000 people have lost their lives in attempting to reach a safe haven in Europe. The EU restrictive policies prevent people from entering Europe safely, hence resulting in unbearable death tolls. The further externalisation of EU asylum and migration policies through agreements with non-EU countries clearly shows the lack of solidarity with the people fleeing war and persecution.
Here are some advantages of the humanitarian visa:
'Caritas calls for a comprehensive, long-term, integrated, concerted and balanced approach, whose objectives, policies and measures will be long-lasting. The ultimate aims should be to eliminate forced displacement and unsafe migration, and facilitate and speed up safe, voluntary and legal mobility, while providing opportunities for potential migrants at home and protecting the human rights and dignity of migrants.'
The Caritas family sees the Valletta Summit as an opportunity for the EU and its African counterparts to begin addressing social injustice and poverty together, and to foster resilience against emerging conflicts and crises. Therefore Caritas expects European leaders to:
Read the full statement here (pdf).
On the International Day of Roma, Caritas Finland joins Caritas Europa in calling on the European Union to promote the full inclusion of Roma people across Europe.
Because of the high level of education provided by St Cyprian Chavanod College children from well-to-do families apply to the school, but thanks to the collaboration with Caritas Finland children from deprived backgrounds as well as children orphaned by AIDS can also receive a good education.
St. Cyprian Chavanod College has 326 pupils. The boarding school is home to 142 girls and 71 boys, with the boys housed in a separate diocesan hostel.
Read more about Caritas Finland's education project in Uganda on our Uganda page
Click on the image of the joint statement to read the full statement in pdf and learn more.
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