This volume provides the results of the survey for Migrant Ministry in Europe – Report 2019, the second survey realised within the framework of a cooperation agreement signed between the Migrants and Refugees Section of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development and the Catholic University of Milan.
It offers a collection of 20 Good Practices covering the four “verbs” suggested by Pope Francis in his Message for the 104th World Day of Migrants and Refugees 2018: to Welcome, to Protect, to Promote, and to Integrate.
The Good Practices were selected to cover a wide range of European countries and to obtain a sample composed of five practices for each of the four “verbs” proposed by Pope Francis. The target groups of these practices are different, due to the complex character of migration phenomena; in any case, vulnerable individuals and groups of migrants, who are at heightened risk of human rights violations, are the most represented.
The Report aims to highlight the Catholic Church’s effort in welcoming and supporting migrants and refugees at all stages of the migration process. It refers to 2019, and therefore does not take into account the initiatives launched in response to the health emergency. However, the engagement of the Catholic world in favour of migrants certainly did not fail even in the most acute phases of the health crisis, which required a particular effort of resilience. And this appears all the more prophetic in the post-COVID-19 scenario that awaits us, after the pandemic has made us aware of how no one saves himself/herself alone.