Migrations are more than purely movements from a place to another; they are related to cultural, social, and political transformations and to the continuous reshaping of social, political and personal boundaries. Therefore, they represent a major political, social and human concern today. They raise social and economic questions of greatest relevance for the global agenda, as they affect governments, the Catholic Church as well as other faith-based communities, local communities, and countless individuals. Currently 280 million people live and work in a country different than that of their birth. Some 60 million of them are forcibly expelled from their home by violence and many more by violation of human rights, extreme poverty and the search of a better life. Among these there are about 700 million of internal migrants (IDPs).
This International Conference, promoted by USG and UISG, and coordinated by SIMI, is an occasion for a reflection open to action. The Conference, to be held from 20 to 22 of September 2021, aims at focusing on the biblical, theological, and pastoral reflection as well as on the concrete actions through which the Church in general, and Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Lifeare in particular, accompany and support migrants, refugees, IDPs and seafarers.