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ESCAPE FROM SUDAN / Prison, hunger and friends: Junior and his newfound hope


JUNIOR is a refugee from Sudan. He recounts his escape to Italy, his suffering to near death, and the encounter with a group of friends who took him back to life and hope

The issue of immigration is one of the most hotly debated issues in the United States and Europe. While in the US, the main group in question is the Latinos, in Europe the largest group of immigrants is made up of people from Muslim countries. This dossier consists in interviews and articles around the question of immigration, both legal and illegal, assimilation, and influences on politics and religion.


UK/ Immigration: Stories, statistics and stereotyping

KATHARINE QUARMBY’s suggestion for politicians and journalists is two-fold: use statistics wisely and, secondly, before making generalisations about people, please go and talk to them


UK/ The costs of bashing immigration

With the Immigration Bill going through the House of Commons in 2014, SARAH TEATHER MP discusses the costs of anti-immigration policies in the UK and across Europe


US/ Immigration Reform Would Lift Immigrant Families Out of Poverty, Benefit Nation

Keeping undocumented workers in the shadows limits their ability to fully contribute to our economy and prevents them from climbing out of poverty to live in dignity. By Bp. EUSEBIO ELIZONDO


France / Leonarda, the Kosovo girl who put Hollande in a crisis of conscience (and votes)

The story of Leonarda, a young Kosovo girl, who was removed from a school bus and expelled from France calls for a more human approach by politicians to the immigration issue


UK/ Labour’s ‘Apprentice Tax’ Will Harm the Labour Market

ResPublica’s LORENA PAPAMANCI explains why Ed Miliband’s proposal to reduce non-EU immigration is not likely to succeed and risks failing both the Labour party and the labour market itself


EDUCATION/ Catholic schools for immigrants: A second bloodless social revolution

A move toward Catholic education for immigrants’ children would be a sign of welcome and a wise national investment for the long run. By Sr. MARY ANN WALSH


US/ Immigration Reform Clears A Hurdle

Comprehensive Immigration Reform cleared its first major legislative hurdle as the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 13-5 to send the bill to the full Senate. By MICHAEL SEAN WINTERS


US/ Immigration Reform Risks to Fail, Again

SHARON MOLLERUS describes the present situation of the bipartisan attempts at reforming the immigration laws, as called for by the Catholic bishops and many other religious leaders


THE UNDOCUMENTED/ A movie on the tragedy of immigration

The movie “The Undocumented” dramatically shows how migrants continue to die in the Sonoran Desert, Arizona, in an effort to walk into the United States. By ALLISON SALERNO


USCCB/ Comprehensive Immigration Reform Grants

CCHD, the official domestic anti-poverty agency of the USCCB, has approved special grants for nearly $1 million to prepare Catholic institutions for the prospects of reform legislation


IMMIGRATION/ Standing With Our Brothers and Sisters

As President Obama and Congress focus on immigration reform, Catholics have an opportunity to assist in fixing the current flawed system, if they stand together. KIM DANIELS


US/ Towards a bi-partisan policy on immigration reform?

LORENZO ALBACETE talks about the contacts between the parties to find an agreement on a comprehensive immigration deal, and highlights the role the Catholic Church can play in this respect


IMMIGRATION/ He Who Is Without Sin

Those who complain about illegal immigration are still morally complicit in the problem: they gladly take advantage of cheaper prices made possible by undocumented workers.


IMMIGRATION/ Obama’s amnesty

LORENZO ALBACETE comments on Obama’s recent executive order for an amnesty on deporting certain illegal immigrant children who meet certain requirements, and the reactions it has produced.