The network "Migrants and Refugees"
The International Federation of Catholic Universities together with the Pontificia Università Gregoriana, the Center for Religious Understanding and being the Blessing Foundation has been working for several months on "Migrants and Refugees" issues. This project, by bringing support to migrants and refugees, reflects the social responsibility of the same institutions through its ethical, relational and social dimensions. The idea is to reconsider the role and social responsibilities of universities and other institutions, and to take concrete action to reach migrants and refugees where they are, in order :
- to foster their integration if necessary,
- to promote knowledge and know-how as vectors for development,
- to improve the building of young people that evolve in a difficult life course ,
- to allow, if possible, the return to the country and its reconstruction.
To address this issues, Institutions of Education have an important role to play through the missions of teaching, research and services.
The International Conference on the “Responsibility and responses of Universities toward migration issues” (November 2017) is the starting point of the creation of a Research - Action network.
The idea is that institutions willing to participate could share experiences and collaborate on joint projects, but also develop joint courses and publications with professionals working on migration issues.
In the long term, our goal is with the Network to improve access to higher education for refugees/migrants and to deepen the state of knowledge on the realities of the migration.