Refugees & Migrants

Refugees & Migrants

Through this priority the Caritas network will explore how the Gospel imperative to ‘Welcome the Stranger’ can be translated into practical action. It will be informed by the work of the Apostleship of the Sea (Stella Maris) supporting seafarers worldwide and Justice and Peace’s work with Devon and Cornwall Refugee Support.

Principal Objectives

  •  To support the resettlement of vulnerable people fleeing conflict focusing on the Community Sponsorship scheme.
  •  To report on the feasibility of re-purposing unused presbyteries, religious buildings and diocesan properties to house vulnerable  people.
  •  To increase understanding in parishes and schools about the Government schemes to resettle vulnerable people fleeing from conflict and increase links with other agencies.
  •  To identify ways to support the victims of Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking, focusing on seafarers in the first year.

Principal Activities

  •  Provide information from the national Caritas Community Sponsorship Co-ordinator, Sean Ryan, to every interested parish and undertake information activities.
  •  Identify parishes interested in becoming a Community Sponsor or supporting ecumenical initiatives.
  •  Identify suitable empty buildings and analyse the feasibility of using them for resettled families or vulnerable people.
  •  Identify how best to support the Apostleship of the Sea (Stella Maris) in their work with the seafaring victims of modern slavery and migration.
  •  Identify how to provide more support for the victims of Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking, in conjunction with the Santa Marta Group.