Pope comes out against 'insurmountable barriers' to migrants
Francis calls for change of attitude toward refugees24 September, 13:38
The Argentine pontiff also called for the exploitation and discrimination migrants are frequently victims of to be combatted in a message entitled Migrants and Refugees: Towards a better World.
"Working together for a better world requires that countries help one another, in a spirit of willingness and trust, without raising insurmountable barriers," the pope said.
"A good synergy can be a source of encouragement to government leaders as they confront socioeconomic imbalances and an unregulated globalization, which are among some of the causes of migration movements in which individuals are more victims than protagonists. "No country can singlehandedly face the difficulties associated with this phenomenon, which is now so widespread that it affects every continent in the twofold movement of immigration and emigration".
Francis said that migrants often face "rejection, discrimination, trafficking and exploitation, suffering and death".
He pointed out that Jesus, Mary and Joseph were forced to leave their country and become migrants and initially encountered rejection when they arrived in Bethlehem. "A change of attitude towards migrants and refugees is needed on the part of everyone, moving away from attitudes of defensiveness and fear, indifference and marginalization - all typical of a throwaway culture - towards attitudes based on a culture of encounter, the only culture capable of building a better, more just and fraternal world," the message read.
"The communications media are themselves called to embrace this "conversion of attitudes" and to promote this change in the way migrants and refugees are treated".