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    1. 1. ARRUPE Assisting Refugee Resettlement Using Parish Energies For I Was a Stranger and You Welcomed Me
    2. 2. <ul><li>“ The Church is ever mindful that Jesus Christ was himself a refugee, that as a child he had to flee with his parents from his native land in order to escape persecution. In every age, therefore, the Church feels herself called to help refugees.” </li></ul><ul><li>Pope John Paul II </li></ul><ul><li>Refugee Center, Morong, Phillipines </li></ul><ul><li>1981 </li></ul>
    3. 3. Catholic Social Teaching and Migration <ul><li>Popes and bishops’ conferences have synthesized Catholic theological tradition to articulate: </li></ul><ul><li>Five Basic Principles on Migration </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Persons have the right to opportunities in their homelands </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Persons have the right to migrate to support themselves and their families </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sovereign nations have the right to control their borders </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Refugees and asylum seekers should be afforded protection </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The human dignity and rights of migrants should be respected </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. Who Is A Refugee? <ul><li>Refugees are individuals and families unable or unwilling to return to their country of origin because of a well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Race </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Religion </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Nationality </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Political opinion </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Membership in a particular social group </li></ul></ul></ul>
    5. 5. Refugee Resettlement Statistics <ul><li>14 Million refugees and asylum seekers worldwide </li></ul><ul><li>Add internally displaced and stateless persons and the number climbs to 33 Million </li></ul><ul><li>Over 60% are women and children </li></ul><ul><li>Less than 1 percent are permanently resettled each year </li></ul><ul><li>The Catholic Church is the largest provider of refugee resettlement services in the US </li></ul><ul><li>Catholic Charities Boston to resettle 300 refugees this year </li></ul>
    6. 6. Refugee Resettlement: Process <ul><li>Difficult and Lengthy </li></ul><ul><li>Refugees must flee their country of origin </li></ul><ul><li>Seek safety in second (transit) country </li></ul><ul><li>Apply for recognition by the UNHCR as a refugee </li></ul><ul><li>Meet Rigorous US Requirements </li></ul>
    7. 7. Life in Exile <ul><li>Exile: Egypt, Ghana, Jordan, Sierra Leone, Kenya, Thailand </li></ul><ul><li>Refugee Camps: “Home” for 98% of our refugee families </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Urban refugees: live as an under-class, targeted by police in host countries; no work authorization; fear of deportation (Iraq) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Live among thousands of refugees from other countries </li></ul></ul>
    8. 8. Experience in Exile <ul><ul><li>Average stay in a refugee camp: 6-10 years </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>All have been exposed to violence or witnessed death of loved one </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>All lack most basic necessities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No exposure to Western society </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Limited access to formal education </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. Tham Hin Refugee Camp Living Conditions <ul><ul><li>Overcrowded: 9,500 people in a camp designed for only 4,000. Only 16 acres of land </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Each family of 7-10 people lives in a five-meter space, with one meter of space between families. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Domestic violence and conflict with neighbors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Discrimination: refugees not allowed beyond a 300 meter radius of the camp; arrested and subject to deportation if found outside compound </li></ul></ul>
    10. 10. Tham Hin Refugee Camp Living Conditions <ul><ul><li>Poverty is striking: one pair of clothes; children are barefoot and often naked </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Health: limited medical care, high incidence of stomach parasites, worms, skin rashes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Work: manual labor, minimal farming </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Housing: bamboo </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Education: informal, few materials </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Electricity and Telephones: none </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Toilets: pit latrines, no running water </li></ul></ul>
    11. 11. Victims of Violence, Terror, War <ul><ul><li>Most of the World’s refugees are women and children. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Refugee children face grave dangers: abduction, exploitation, and forced military conscription </li></ul></ul>
    12. 12. Education: Rare and Substandard
    13. 13. Refugee Camp School
    14. 14. Refugee Newcomers in the Archdiocese of Boston <ul><li>Africa: 34% </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Burundi, Eritrea, Liberia, Somalia, Sudan </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Latin America: 3% </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cuba </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Middle East: 4% </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Iraq </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Near East: 3% </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Afghanistan </li></ul></ul><ul><li>South East Asia: 37% </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Burma (Chin & Karen) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Viet Nam </li></ul></ul>
    15. 15. In Partnership with Catholic Charities <ul><li>Resettlement Services </li></ul><ul><li>Welcome and Reception </li></ul><ul><li>Housing, food, furnishings </li></ul><ul><li>Clothing, basic needs </li></ul><ul><li>Employment Services </li></ul><ul><li>English as a Second Language Cultural Orientation/Acculturation </li></ul><ul><li>Parish and Community integration </li></ul><ul><li>Interpreter and Translation services </li></ul>GOAL: Early Employment and Self-Sufficiency within 6 Months
    16. 16. Resettlement Challenges <ul><li>Unfunded Mandates </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of Affordable Housing </li></ul><ul><li>Acculturation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Community Living </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Unfamiliarity with Western society </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Exposure to violence </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Health </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Malnutrition </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lack of pre-natal care/women’s health </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Post Traumatic Stress </li></ul></ul>
    17. 17. <ul><li>The first place for the Church's attention to refugees remains the parish community, which has the task of sensitizing its members to the plight of refugees, exhorting them to welcome as Jesus taught: &quot;I was a stranger and you welcomed me&quot; (Mt 25:35). </li></ul><ul><li>Benevolence, respect, trust and sharing are practical expressions of a culture of solidarity and hospitality. </li></ul><ul><li>--”Refugees: A Challenge to Solidarity” </li></ul><ul><li>Pontifical Council
for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People </li></ul><ul><li>1992 </li></ul>WHY ARRUPE HELPS Expressing Christ’s Love for the Poor Reflecting Our Worldwide Communion in the Local Church
    18. 18. HOW ARRUPE HELPS <ul><li>Household Goods </li></ul><ul><li>Companionship </li></ul><ul><li>Education </li></ul><ul><li>Advocacy </li></ul><ul><li>Prayer </li></ul>
    19. 19. HOW YOU CAN HELP <ul><li>Contribute Financially </li></ul><ul><li>Donate new and gently-used household items </li></ul><ul><li>Mentor or tutor a refugee </li></ul><ul><li>Offer employment or job leads </li></ul><ul><li>Help with housing </li></ul><ul><li>Come to a monthly meeting </li></ul><ul><li>Offer Prayer and Spiritual Support </li></ul>
    20. 20. <ul><li>Refugees’ Landing </li></ul>The new immigrants call us back to our ancestral heritage …and to our baptismal heritage as members of the body of Christ. --W elcoming the Stranger Among Us: Unity in Diversity,A Statement of the U.S. Catholic Bishops
    21. 21. In order to build the civilization of love, dialogue between cultures must work to overcome all ethnocentric selfishness and make it possible to combine regard for one's own identity with understanding of others and respect for diversity. J ohn Paul II, World Day for Peace Message, 2001
    22. 22. Pedro Arrupe, SJ 1907 - 1991 <ul><li>28th Superior General of the Society Of Jesus </li></ul><ul><li>Founder of the Jesuit Refugee Service </li></ul><ul><li>Faithful Friend and Servant </li></ul>