Welcoming the Stranger in a Time of Crisis


A record 68.5 million people had been driven from their homes across the world at the end of 2017. That total was 2.9 million more than at the end of 2016. Read the full story

Religious women, as so often, have been in the forefront of addressing the immediate needs of refugees. Now Global Sisters Report has compiled a helpful list of resources of numerous Catholic organizations involved in the worldwide refugee and migration crisis, including the Vatican, congregations of women religious and local parishes. [See also Sisters of Charity Federation statement on the crisis at the US border and Pope Francis support of American Bishops].

Migration Policy Institute

United Nations statistics on international migration

Four facts to know about the global refugee crisis from the United Nations

The latest facts about forcibly displaced people and refugees worldwide from the United Nations’ refugee agency

Share the Journey — Share the Journey is an online project of the Vatican dedicated to encountering and accompanying migrants and refugees.

Among those joining this effort are:

• Catholic Charities

• Caritas Internationalis

• Catholic Relief Services

• U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

Jesuit Refugee Services also endorses the campaign.

The Vatican’s Migrants & Refugee Section

The Vatican’s document on the proposed global compacts on migrants and on refugees

Catholic Social Innovation in Today’s Global Refugee Crisis — This report from the Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities (FADICA) and Boston College takes a look at how church-led organizations and programs are creatively serving refugees and migrants.

Migrant Project/Sicily — A program founded by the International Union Superiors General (UISG) in Rome to aid migrants in Sicily by developing one-on-one relationships with them and helping them assimilate to their new home. Read more in our story about it.

The U.S. Catholic Sisters against Human Trafficking world refugee toolkit for World Refugee Day, June 20

UISG Migrants — A summary of the work sisters at UISG do to assist migrants.

Scalabrini International Migration Network

Global Sisters Report’s coverage of migration since April 2014

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