Global Migration

What's Happening, Why, and A Just Response

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A remarkably vivid, well-researched, and often impassioned approach to one of the most important social issues of our time. Collier and Strain artfully combine stories, analysis, and insights from the Catholic social justice tradition to illuminate the experiences of the millions of men, women, and children whose lives and struggles often remain untold or unappreciated. A must for anyone who seeks to understand their brother and sister the refugee, the migrant, and the displaced person.

 

James Martin, SJ
Author of Jesus: A Pilgrimage and This Our Exile
Editor at Large
America Media

“As the world deals with more refugees than any other generation in human history, Global Migration: What’s Happening, Why, and a Just Response, by Elizabeth Collier and Charles Strain, is an invaluable resource for foundational information, human formation, and social transformation. Blending facts with stories, programs with policies, and critical reasoning with ethical principles, Collier and Strain offer not only an important overview of the subject of migration but also a valuable ‘underview’ of society’s most vulnerable members. The authors remind us that migration is not the central problem but rather the symptom of deeper imbalances like war, poverty, human rights violations, and climate change, all of which uproot people and cause them to move. The authors also challenge us to move beyond incendiary debates to the central moral issues, reminding us that the moral wealth of a country begins with reflecting on how it treats its most vulnerable members. In bringing out the humanity of the immigrant, Collier and Strain call us to reflect on our own humanity: Who we are before God, who we are in this journey of life, and who we are in response to our neighbor in need.”

Daniel G. Groody, CSC
University of Notre Dame

“In Elizabeth Collier and Charles Strain’s Global Migration: What’s Happening, Why, and a Just Response, the authors bring together key theological and ethical resources to analyze a most urgent sign of our times. Their valuable discussion of the complex factors driving and confronting people on the move today is brought to life with compelling case studies from Catholic Relief Services fieldwork. The authors skillfully illuminate Christian witness from biblical texts through Catholic social teaching to lived responses throughout the volume. The authors also underscore the critical need to understand root causes and contexts of migration, not just its symptoms. They helpfully show how fear and misunderstanding can distort immigration debates and prevent genuine encounter. The book’s ‘see-judge-act’ framework guides readers from clear perception to moral analysis to a range of innovative responses. As the topic of migration grows ever more fraught, this book serves as an excellent resource for classrooms, immersion trips, parish-based discussion groups, or nonprofit organizations looking to probe the issue more deeply.”

Kristin Heyer
Boston College

About This Book

Overview

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At latest count, 244 million people—the highest number in history—reside in a nation in which they were not born. But migration is not a new phenomenon.

Elizabeth Collier and Charles Strain’s Global Migration: What’s Happening, Why, and a Just Response begins to unpack the complex issues surrounding modern migration. Using the See, Judge, Act method of reflection and action, this text goes beyond facts and statistics, offering personal narratives, principles for critical thinking drawn from Catholic social teaching, and opportunities for action from the individual to the international level. Focused on the humanitarian work of Catholic Relief Services throughout the world, Global Migration inspires reflection, provokes discussion, and empowers students to respond to today’s greatest humanitarian crisis.

Details

Weight .3 lbs
Dimensions 5.375 x 1.5 x 8.25 in
ISBN

978-1-59982-894-7

Pages

118

Format

Softcover

Item # 7080

Customer Reviews

A remarkably vivid, well-researched, and often impassioned approach to one of the most important social issues of our time. Collier and Strain artfully combine stories, analysis, and insights from the Catholic social justice tradition to illuminate the experiences of the millions of men, women, and children whose lives and struggles often remain untold or unappreciated. A must for anyone who seeks to understand their brother and sister the refugee, the migrant, and the displaced person.

 

James Martin, SJ
Author of Jesus: A Pilgrimage and This Our Exile
Editor at Large
America Media

“As the world deals with more refugees than any other generation in human history, Global Migration: What’s Happening, Why, and a Just Response, by Elizabeth Collier and Charles Strain, is an invaluable resource for foundational information, human formation, and social transformation. Blending facts with stories, programs with policies, and critical reasoning with ethical principles, Collier and Strain offer not only an important overview of the subject of migration but also a valuable ‘underview’ of society’s most vulnerable members. The authors remind us that migration is not the central problem but rather the symptom of deeper imbalances like war, poverty, human rights violations, and climate change, all of which uproot people and cause them to move. The authors also challenge us to move beyond incendiary debates to the central moral issues, reminding us that the moral wealth of a country begins with reflecting on how it treats its most vulnerable members. In bringing out the humanity of the immigrant, Collier and Strain call us to reflect on our own humanity: Who we are before God, who we are in this journey of life, and who we are in response to our neighbor in need.”

Daniel G. Groody, CSC
University of Notre Dame

“In Elizabeth Collier and Charles Strain’s Global Migration: What’s Happening, Why, and a Just Response, the authors bring together key theological and ethical resources to analyze a most urgent sign of our times. Their valuable discussion of the complex factors driving and confronting people on the move today is brought to life with compelling case studies from Catholic Relief Services fieldwork. The authors skillfully illuminate Christian witness from biblical texts through Catholic social teaching to lived responses throughout the volume. The authors also underscore the critical need to understand root causes and contexts of migration, not just its symptoms. They helpfully show how fear and misunderstanding can distort immigration debates and prevent genuine encounter. The book’s ‘see-judge-act’ framework guides readers from clear perception to moral analysis to a range of innovative responses. As the topic of migration grows ever more fraught, this book serves as an excellent resource for classrooms, immersion trips, parish-based discussion groups, or nonprofit organizations looking to probe the issue more deeply.”

Kristin Heyer
Boston College

About the Authors

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Charles R. Strain

Charles R. Strain is professor of religious studies and a faculty member in the Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies program at DePaul University, Chicago.

Elizabeth W. Collier

Elizabeth W. Collier holds the Christopher Chair in Business Ethics and is professor of business ethics at the Brennan School of Business, at Dominican University, River Forest, Illinois.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Stories That Shape Our Lives

Part 1: See—Understanding Global Migration

Chapter 1: Meeting the Challenges of the World’s Refugees

Chapter 2: Climate Change “Refugees”

Chapter 3: Unauthorized Migration to the United States

Chapter 4: The Current Debate: Restrictionists versus Nonrestrictionists

 

Part 2: Judge—Thinking Through Complex Realities

Chapter 5: Developing an Evaluative, Ethical Framework

 

Part 3: Act–Acting on Behalf of Refugees, Internally Displaced People, and Migrants

Chapter 6: Collective Action: The Role of NGOs in International Development

Chapter 7: U.S. Immigration Policy: Steps toward Reform

Chapter 8: Individual Action—Where Do We Go from Here?

 

Epilogue: Thinking and Acting Ethically in Difficult Times

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