World Day of Migrants and Refugees 2008 - Focusing on Young Migrants

Global Migration Statistics

This January 13th, as we celebrate the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, reminds us to focus our prayers on young migrants and refugees all over the world.

Ours is a period in history with staggering migration numbers. According to the Economic and Social Research Council, there were 191 million international migrants in 2006; this is 3.0 per cent of the global population. Migrants leave their home countries in search of improved economic opportunities, political and social freedoms and a better future for their children.

There are countless difficulties and injustices suffered by thousands of migrants and refugees in silence. They strive to assimilate into new cultures and social systems while struggling to preserve their own traditions and identities.

Migrants can also face exploitation, segregation, abuse and unjust labour practices in their new countries.

"Coming from different cultures, but all united by belonging to the one Church of Christ,” Pope Benedict says, “you can show that the Gospel is alive and suited to every situation."


Prayer for Migrants and Refugees

Message 2008 of the Holy Father for the 94th World Day of Migrants and Refugees

CCCB Pastoral Letter on Immigration and the Protection of Refugees

Global Migration Facts and Studies (ESRC)