“Religious families’ service to the health of migrants”


Dear Brother/Sister,

With this letter we present a simple questionnaire prepared by the Health Commission of the Unions following some solicitations received on the unique challenge that global migration is posing to the whole society, and certainly also to us, all religious families, particularly in facing the needs of sick migrants.
This questionnaire aims to identify religious families that in one way or another provide health assistance to migrants, thus developing a network of contacts that, over time, can be helpful to deepen the knowledge of this particularly challenging ministry. By doing so, we will have the tools needed to develop in the best possible way this ministry.

The phenomenon of migration is constantly evolving. Its structure and global forms represent a landmark challenge. The words of the Holy Father during the World Day of Peace that we have just celebrated urge and support us in suggesting that, as religious families, we need to learn more and better how to accompany migrants in the different situations and moments of their lives.

For this reason we ask you to reply as quickly as possible to this simple digital questionnaire. This marks the beginning of the Health Commission work which can be further developed if we receive an adequate response.

It a closed questionnaire (with “yes, no, I do not” answers) that can be completed in about ten minutes. For this reason, please fill it in ¬– or ask the most prepared person on the topic to respond – by 9.2.2018. Please remember to complete the specific questionnaire question on the contact address that will be used to reach out to you if necessary. You will find attached the instructions on how to fill in the questionnaire and provide a definition of migrants.
We thank you for your time and we count on your interest to further extend the service that the Unions, through their Secretaries and Commission, carry out in this field.

USG and UISG Secretaries


Click here to fill in the questionnaire online.

If the completion of the questionnaire is successful, you will receive an email on the contact address of the person who has answered the questions.
If you have doubts or difficulties, you can contact the UISG Communication Office by writing to: comunicazione@uisg.org
Definitions of the migration phenomenon

Migrant – IOM defines a migrant as any person who is moving or has moved across an international border or within a State away from his/her habitual place of residence, regardless of (1) the person’s legal status; (2) whether the movement is voluntary or involuntary; (3) what the causes for the movement are; or (4) what the length of the stay is. IOM concerns itself with migrants and migration‐related issues and, in agreement with relevant States, with migrants who are in need of international migration services.
Migration – The movement of a person or a group of persons, either across an international border, or within a State. It is a population movement, encompassing any kind of movement of people, whatever its length, composition and causes; it includes migration of refugees, displaced persons, economic migrants, and persons moving for other purposes, including family reunification.

Refugee- A person who, “owing to a well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinions, is outside the country of his nationality and is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country. (Art. 1(A)(2), Convention relating to the Status of Refugees, Art. 1A(2), 1951 as modified by the 1967 Protocol). In addition to the refugee definition in the 1951 Refugee Convention, Art. 1(2), 1969 Organization of African Unity (OAU) Convention defines a refugee as any person compelled to leave his or her country “owing to external aggression, occupation, foreign domination or events seriously disturbing public order in either part or the whole of his country or origin or nationality.” Similarly, the 1984 Cartagena Declaration states that refugees also include persons who flee their country “because their lives, security or freedom have been threatened by generalised violence, foreign aggression, internal conflicts, massive violations of human rights or other circumstances which have seriously disturbed public order.”


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