A critical review of World Council of Churches’ responses to the global challenges of migration

Verbum et Ecclesia


 
 
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Title A critical review of World Council of Churches’ responses to the global challenges of migration
 
Creator Magezi, Christopher
 
Subject — World Council of Churches; migration situation; migration challenges; migrants’ challenges; church responses and interventions; strengths and weaknesses of WCC interventions to migration challenges; formation and focus of World Council of Churches
Description This article views migration as a topical issue that poses challenges, especially in recent times, for migrant sending and hosting nations and the migrants themselves. In response, the church has recommended various ways of addressing the prevailing migration situation. In acknowledging these proposed intervention measures, this article aims to establish if the churches’ approaches to the migration situation are harmonised and integrated. To accomplish this, the article reviews the World Council of Churches’ (WCC) responses to migration challenges as a window and insight into the broader approaches employed by the churches. The WCC mirrors the churches’ efforts, strategies and positions on migration issues. However, some churches do not adequately execute some of the interventions because of lack of finances to meet the material needs of the migrants, whilst others break the laws of the land as they respond to migration challenges. The article concludes by making recommendations on how the WCC can improve some of its intervention strategies in order to effectively respond to migration challenges.Intradisciplinary and/or interdisciplinary implications: This article views migration as a topical issue that poses challenges to migrant sending and hosting nations and the migrants themselves. It acknowledges that the Church has recommended various ways of addressing the prevailing situation of migration. After acknowledging the aforesaid, it then proceeds to determine if the Churches’ approaches and interventions to the migration situation are harmonised and integrated. As such, the article is interdisciplinary as it seeks to understand the integration and harmonisation of the churches’ approaches and interventions to the topical issue of migration.
 
Publisher AOSIS
 
Contributor North West University, Faculty of Theology
Date 2021-03-05
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Literature based study
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/ve.v42i1.2121
 
Source Verbum et Ecclesia; Vol 42, No 1 (2021); 12 pages 2074-7705 1609-9982
 
Language eng
 
Relation info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/EC/FP7/247943 https://verbumetecclesia.org.za/index.php/ve/article/view/2121/4452 https://verbumetecclesia.org.za/index.php/ve/article/view/2121/4451 https://verbumetecclesia.org.za/index.php/ve/article/view/2121/4453 https://verbumetecclesia.org.za/index.php/ve/article/view/2121/4450
 
Coverage Practical Theology Migration and Theology N/A
Rights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess Copyright (c) 2021 Christopher Magezi https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0