IPJC Justice Cafés
Community + Justice + Spirituality + Young Adults
Tags: conversation, migration
From the Bellingham, WA Justice Cafe:
"We had a pretty good turnout this month! Our conversations covered a variety of issues linked with the migration of peoples. We believe that all people have the right to live where they want to in order to better their families or their own lives."
Read the full report here
“Migration of Peoples” was an exciting topic for students. All the participants brainstormed answers to the question: “What are the causes of migration?” Education, war, search of a better life, respect of human rights, work…everyone was able to come up with at least one reason why people would move to another place.
Participants shared stories about friends and family members who have moved for political and economic reasons from one place to another. In our small groups, many of the students told their parents’ migration stories. One student recalled how her parents could not find jobs in Mexico and had to come to the United States to survive and to be able to support their family. Another shared that his parents came from Peru for the same reason. One participant confessed that she had never asked her parents why they had come to the United States and she started to get more curious about her background after attending the Justice Cafe.
Later, we discussed the challenges related to migration, such as being accepted and integrating into the new community. Also, students observed that most local people fear that the migrant will take resources from the local person. Café participants wanted to inform themselves and learn more about migration and are willing to spread the word about the different reasons why people would move.
From the New Jersey Justice Cafe:
"The New Jersey Justice Cafe group met last night, Feb 28th. Although we were a small group, we had a fantastic conversation. We began our conversation with our own familial migration stories. We realized how important the Church was to Catholic immigrants, and how often this is still the case."
Read their full update here
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