Migration and Refugees in Europe. Potentials and Challenges for Mission and Spirituality, a European Study Day in Duisburg, Germany.
Fr Klaus Pfuff SJ, Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service in Germany, gave an encouraging talk on the current situation and JRS's support for migrants and refugees. He shared from his personal encounters with refugees facing a very complicated and often traumatising beaurocracy in order to claim asylum in Germany. Often media headlines and politicians refer to migrants and refugees a scrisis and creating problems. We need a shift in our own thinking that behind each face there is a very personal story and talents and often a long and dangerous journey to seek shelter in Europe.
In small buzz groups we discussed how we as MMS want to further shape our mission involvements and how to improve networking across borders.