Governmental repatriation and livelihood assistance has been a “great help” to the some 809,000 Overseas Filipino Workers forced to return home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, said Bishop Ruperto Santos of the Episcopal commission on migrants in an interview with Radio Veritas.
U.S. Bishops urged the government to end newly reinstated protocols that force some migrants to remain in Mexico to have their asylum requests heard. The 3 December statement reiterated earlier calls for a more humane approach, citing particular concern about the “tragedy of family separation.”
Migration policy must respect human dignity, the right to protection, and family unity, said El Salvadoran and Honduran Bishops in a recent statement on human mobility. The Church is strengthening regional work to assist migrants, but governments need to address forces driving migration, they said.
A Bishop on the southern border of the USA called for an end to the Migrant Protection Protocols, which require some migrants to remain in Mexico to have their asylum requests heard. The policy is deadly for those seeking protection, causing “needless suffering,” said El Paso Bishop Mark J. Seitz.
A new study by the Conference of Catholic Bishops’ of India reveals the endemic poverty and lack of safety with which most internal migrant workers contend. The study recommends a multi-pronged strategy from government and non-government agencies to overcome these conditions.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, over 400,000 seafarers have been left trapped on ships long after their original contract has expired. Many suffer from trauma and health issues. A coalition of Catholic organizations, including ICMC, is asking governments to address this humanitarian crisis at sea.