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Global Migration

Moving from one place to another is a protected human right.


Two men hold crosses with numbers representing those killed in immigration raids

Human beings have always moved from one place to another. The freedom to move is so precious that it is a protected human right.

Immigration is when a person freely chooses to move. It might be temporary or permanent. Immigrants often move to resettle as a family, to fulfill a job placement, or as a reprieve from situations of injustice and war.

Global migration as a factor in the quest for justice is a major priority of The United Methodist Church

United Methodist Book of Resolutions, 6028

But, not all movements are chosen freely. Some people, including whole families and communities, have been forced to move. Some have been forced to move because of human trafficking. Human trafficking is a modern-day form of slavery.

Nearly one percent of the world’s population is affected by forced displacement. It is a crisis of global proportions and immense moral and ethical implications.

Forced migration, in all its forms, is a denial of human dignity and a violation of human rights.

Historical injustices arising from colonialism and racism continue today to ravage the lives of immigrants and refugees. They experience many forms of racial discrimination, xenophobia and intolerance in their countries of transit and destination.

What the Bible and The United Methodist Church Say:

Resource inequality and the unequal development of nations have caused massive displacement and forced migration. The United Methodist Church says, “In order to provide basic needs such as food, clothing, shelter, education, health care, and other necessities, ways must be found to share more equitably the resources of the world.” (Social Principles, ¶163.E)

“Global migration as a factor in the quest for justice is a major priority of The United Methodist Church as a denomination that is global in vision, mission and ministries. This concern is rooted in both a biblical mandate for justice and a commitment to the future of the church.” (Book of Resolutions, 6028)

Radical hospitality, rooted in our biblical understanding of God’s abundant love and provision, helps us to imagine a world of plenty, rather than scarcity, and a world of welcome, rather than fear.

Hebrews 13:2 says, “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.”

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