The proliferation of wars, the devastating impact of climate change on the poorest people in particular, undignified and inhumane migration policies, the madness of security policies, the construction of walls of shame all over the world… At a time when public opinion is divided more than ever over the issue of migration, Emmaus is fighting to exercise its duty to act in solidarity and offer a dignified welcome to migrants, and to ensure that everyone has the right to live in a peaceful world. This starts with recognising the right to freedom of movement for all, not just the richest people.
At the heart of the Emmaus movement is a powerful vision of welcoming people as an act that makes us human when we encounter those who suffer, but also as an act that comes before any form of transformation. This inspiration also means that we defend universal citizenship that guarantees the same rights and opportunities to all.
Around the world, Emmaus groups receive people in precarious positions who have been profoundly wounded by their migratory paths and the poor living conditions they find in most of their destination countries. Around the world Emmaus groups demonstrate every day that it is possible to live together. They create and champion alternatives that show that free movement is, and will be, beneficial to societies and populations, in terms of economic, social and cultural wealth.
In order to understand migration in its human, statistical, historical and cultural context, the Emmaus groups highlight their community model as a place to learn about diversity. They develop awareness-raising and social outreach activities, combatting discrimination and prejudice, alongside raising awareness about the current risks of migratory routes and support for young people in particular. Groups also lobby their local authorities for alternative policies in their territory, as well as calling on the state to respect the fundamental rights of the most excluded, including migrants.