Migration is not a modern concept. People have migrated for thousands of years. For some people, migration is a way of life as they search for pasture or other livelihood interests. Others may be moving to escape from problems, or to find a better livelihood for themselves and their children.

People hold various views about whether migration is good or bad, and often they disagree about a particular situation. Sometimes migration has a positive impact for the people who migrate and on the area they leave or move to. At other times migration has negative consequences.

Regardless of whether we think migration is good or bad in a particular situation, the Bible teaches us to care for the poor, the orphan, the widow and the migrant, and to love our neighbour. This is explored in more depth in the Bible study on page 7.

On the centre pages there is an overview of the topic of migration, looking at the causes and consequences. There are articles about how the local church can respond to migration in different contexts on pages 6 and 13. The article on page 10 looks at the relationship between migration and the environment. On the back page we look at the importance of good communication.

Please find below articles from Footsteps issue 78 in html.

To download a pdf version of Footsteps issue 78, please click here (432KB).

  • Befriending asylum seekers

    by Ros Holland A refugee is a person who moves away from their own country because they feel unsafe there due to race, religion, political opinion or being a member of a particular social group. Someone who wants to be recognised as a refugee is an asylum seeker.

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  • Bible study: Migration

    We live in a day and age where millions of people wander the earth in search of a better livelihood and hope. The Bible recognises this reality. It contains stories of war and triumph, displacement and pain, frustration and hope. Through it all we can see that God cares for migrants.

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  • Letters

    Bee-keeping I am a community development worker in the north-west of Benin, and I would like to develop bee-keeping in the region. How can I go about this? How can traditional and modern knowledge be combined?

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  • Migration and HIV

    The AIDS pandemic is a cause of migration. For example, people living with HIV might move to avoid stigma by their community or return to rural homes for support when they become sick. People also often migrate after the death of their partner and orphaned children might move to be with family or to find work.

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  • Resources and Glossary

    Strategies for Hope The Strategies for Hope Trust has published two new training materials about HIV and AIDS as part of the Called to Care toolkit, which is designed for church leaders, especially in sub Saharan Africa.

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  • Responding to migrants

    As a result of attacks by the Lord’s Resistance Army (a rebel group which has been fighting against the Government of Uganda for the last 20 years) over 3,000 people fled from the north of Uganda. Many fled to a town called Soroti in the centre of the country, but some continued their journey to Akoboi, a small village 25 kilometres further on. After walking for more than four days, they arrived with very little money and no food. The community leaders of Akoboi contacted the pastor of the ...

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  • The church and migrant children

    by Inés Caballero The population of Bolivia consists of many ethnic groups and cultures. Inequality is common, resulting in poverty and lack of opportunities. In the rural mountain areas, agricultural activities are suffering due to unpredictable weather patterns and continuous periods of drought. Many people are therefore migrating to cities such as Oruro and Potosí. Unfortunately, these migrants are rarely able to find good employment because their low level of education and training does ...

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