Pope Francis has called for a “change in mindset” regarding immigration, insisting in a message Thursday that migrants are not a threat to society but, rather, an enrichment that should be appreciated as such.
“I encourage you in your work and your efforts to ground responsibility for the shared global management of international migration in the values of justice, solidarity and compassion,” the pontiff said.
With movements afoot to stem the flow of international mass migration, Francis called for a shift in priorities and mentality.
The pope’s words follow on intense debates regarding the relative importance of international immigration “quotas,” on the one hand, and the sovereign rights of individual countries to determine how many migrants to accept, on the other.
In his message Thursday, the pope reiterated that the issue of migration is not simply one of numbers, but of persons.