.- Archbishop Celestino Migliore, the Holy Seeâs permanent observer at the United Nations, requested yesterday not to portray asylum-seekers as a threat.
Archbishop Migliore addressed the UNâs agenda issue of âQuestions Relating to Refugees, Returnees and Displaced Persons and Humanitarian Issuesâ on
November 4. During his intervention, the Vatican delegate stated that âthe Holy See is daily and acutely aware of the scourges that afflict refugees, displaced persons, returnees, migrants and stateless persons.â
Recalling the Catholic Churchâs âvast experience in working with refugees,â âthe list of refugees, asylum-seekers, internally displaced and stateless persons still number in the millions.â
âIn this regard, it is worrying to note,â he added, âthat some elements of the media and even some political figures have continued to portray asylum-seekers, refugees and stateless persons, with unfair suspicion and prejudice.â
âThis unfortunate portrayal sometimes contributes to make them victims of humiliation, persecution and even violence,â he added.
Migliore announced that the Holy See, âthrough the Pontifical Council for Migrants and Itinerant People, the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, Caritas International and other charitable agencies, is doing its share, in cooperation with other agencies,â and expressed the Vaticanâs support to âefforts to protect refugees' human dignity and to ensure their basic rights and family reunification.â