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The fire that devastated Notre Dame Cathedral painfully struck not only Christians, who saw a place of their faith wounded, but the entire human community, who saw this dramatic event as a sign of loss; because even those who profess other religions or, as for example a large part of the French people, do not recognize themselves in any religion, perceived that a good belonging to the history of France and Europe, a piece of those roots that nourished it culturally and socially, has been damaged. The human community, beyond any nation, religious belief, political feeling, has united to share the commitment to reconstruction, also through very concrete gestures of solidarity.

  In view of the call for elections to the European Parliament and town councils on 26 May, the Platform of Christian Entities with immigrants calls for citizen participation, given the magnitude of the social challenges facing Europe in the coming years, as well as the key role of our municipalities for social cohesion. With this intention, from our commitment as citizens and as Christians with democratic values, we want to publicly share the following considerations:

 1- We are once again experiencing an important moment of entry for migrants, both in Europe as a whole and in our country. This is due to the circumstances of insecurity, violence, poverty or inequality suffered by many neighbouring regions and the whole world, as well as to the opportunities offered by our society. As long as these circumstances do not change, and will not do so in the short or medium term, many people will continue to arrive in search of a better future. We must be aware and accept reality as it is.

1 -The theme of the Exclusion-Inclusion of immigrants has become the hot topic around which the destiny of Europe and the future of humanity are being played out. At the centre of the chronicles, the infernal game of politics, a place of conflict over ethical values, migrants and their tragedies, have become a direct expression of the globalisation of indifference to which Pope Francis now refers on a daily basis. If, in fact, the economic, social and democratic crisis affects the whole world, globalization is the decline, if not the end, of the solidarity that the state had put in place to manage fear and insecurity.

Five proposals and one commitment

The synthetic data presented in the document below show how the common perception of migratory phenomena is deformed by an improper reading of reality, the extent of which is often amplified by the deforming lens of mismanagement and instrumentalisation for electoral purposes. On the basis of this observation, it is important:

1) Not to accept the rhetoric of immigration as an unstoppable wave of African population impoverished or eradicated by climate change. The numbers say more and we do not see how large masses of migrants could arrive in the future, especially from the poorest areas;

The EU policy to assist the Libyan authorities in intercepting migrants in the Mediterranean and bringing them back to "terrifying" prisons in Libya "is inhuman". The High Commissioner for Human Rights reports in a statement released in Geneva a few weeks ago. The UN observers in Libya were shocked by what they saw: thousands of undernourished and traumatized men, women and children huddled together, locked up in sheds without access to the most basic services." It is the denunciation of the High Commissioner.

     Below is my presentation dated 12th November.  I do not think that our position would have changed much in the last three months.  The main difference between November and today is the recent announcement of the date for the Referendum on Membership of the European Community, which is filling and will probably continue to fill most of our newspapers and radio and television media for the next three months, almost certainly at the expense of coverage of the migrant and other world situations.  Those of us who are internationally-minded almost despair of the insular views of our Press,

     3 years ago at the World Assembly of the Christian Life Communities in Lebanon there were discussions about the increasing global issue of refugee and migration crisis. At the time in Lebanon, there was approximately 25% of all the inhabitants - refugees, mainly from Syria. Father General Nicholas Adolfo SJ, which is both general of the Jesuit order and ecclesial assistant, has underlined the necessity for CLC to address the issues of migration and refugees in our ministry.

Interview in english

The issue of migrant divides Europe between welcoming countries and those who believe that this will create problems and then reduce the number of entries. The big problem comes from countries who wnat no migrant at all.

Migrant is a general term which includes asylum seekers, and those looking to improve their livelihood, especially from refugee camps.

There is no unanimity in Europe on how to deal with migrants, even the bishops are very cautious in their statements: they say that one must welcome because we are Christians, but they will not support such a policy for their country. COMECE had to remove two articles criticizing the policy of the Central European countries.