The defence of the life, dignity and human rights of migrants and refugees must come before any other question when enacting migration policies, Pope Francis said.
“The defense of human beings knows no limits,” the pope said in an interview with the journal of the Department for Civil Liberties and Immigration of the Italian Ministry of the Interior.
“Those in power,” he said, “must be both far-sighted and coherent in watchful respect for fundamental human rights, as well as in trying to end the causes which force civilians to flee.”
Of course, he said, a safe and humane approach to handling the current global migration crisis requires international cooperation and policies that “respect both those who welcome and those who are welcomed.”
Newcomers must respect the laws of their host countries and be assisted in integrating into the life of their new communities, he said in the interview published on 7th April. And members of the receiving community must be educated to understand the real causes of migration and the desperate situations of those who feel forced to flee their homes.
Picture: People take part in a march to support refugees in San Sebastian, Spain on 26th February 2017. (CNS photo/Javier Etxezarreta, EPA).