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Global Migration

Every day, thousands of people leave and flee their homes in search of a better life for their families. Recognizing that migration is a complex issue, UMCOR works with partners to examine the causes of migration and to ensure the four rights of migrants: right to stay, right to safe passage, right to welcoming and belonging, and right to return. Global Ministries is committed to providing support for refugees, migrants and asylum seekers from all over the globe with our partners Church World Service and National Justice for Our Neighbors, along with our collaboration with other domestic and international humanitarian agencies.

Explore all projects related to Global Migration through the Advance.

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In Focus | Migration

Fleeing war, civil unrest, chronic poverty, climate change and disasters resulting from natural or man-made events, 258 million people are currently part of the largest migration in human history.

Founded in 1940 in response to displaced and vulnerable populations during World War II, UMCOR is committed to continuing its support of refugees, migrants and asylum seekers today.

Roland Fernandes, executive director of UMCOR, shares why.

A couple of migrant customers served by the Methodist Church of Mexico’s Tijuana Kitchen, which is ramping up service thanks to and UMCOR grant. Photo: Ruben Velarde Navarro/IMMAR

Ensuring universal rights and welcome for global migrants

The scope of global migration and the challenges raised by the mass movement of millions of people around the world presents United Methodists with opportunities for service, ministry and advocacy.

This overview of UMCOR’s global migration work includes places of welcome, food for body and spirit, education, legal help and many more ways that United Methodists serve and support migrants around the world.

Photo: Ruben Velarde Navarro/IMMAR

The Four Rights of Migrants

Our work in global migration is rooted in justice and compassion and is guided by the universal rights of migrants to stay, to safe passage, to be welcomed into a new place, and, if need be, to return safely to a place of origin. See how we are supporting partners and programs around the world to ensure the rights of migrants:
 

1. The Right to Stay

Arts and crafts programming is being offered for children of Venezuelan migrants who have sought a safe haven in Brazil.

Arts and crafts programming is being offered for children of Venezuelan migrants who have sought a safe haven in Brazil.
Photo: Silene Rodriguez, Anany Kasongo

2. The Right to Safe Passage

Transitional shelters from Texas to Arizona are giving migrants a hospitable place to regroup before continuing their journey. Credit: Barry Doyle

Transitional shelters from Texas to Arizona are giving migrants a hospitable place to regroup before continuing their journey.
Photo: Barry Doyle

3. The Right to Welcome

Guidance such as Know Your Rights seminars provided by Justice for Our Neighbors is equipping migrants to better understand their documentation and legally claim asylum.  Photo: Jan Snider, UMNS

Guidance such as Know Your Rights seminars provided by Justice for Our Neighbors is equipping migrants to better understand their documentation and legally claim asylum.
Photo: Jan Snider, UMNS

4. The Right to Return

A basic human need – to be fed – is being met twice a day at a kitchen in Tijuana for migrants seeking to resettle with dignity in either the U.S. or Mexico. Photo: Ruben Velarde Navarro, IMMAR

A basic human need – to be fed – is being met twice a day at a kitchen in Tijuana for migrants seeking to resettle with dignity in either the U.S. or Mexico.
Photo: Ruben Velarde Navarro, IMMAR

More news and stories | the impact of Global Migration

United Methodist Church launches major asylum initiative

Partnering with Church World Service and National Justice For Our Neighbors, UMCOR approved a three-year, $1.8 million pilot project to provide wrap-around services for asylum seekers in three major U ...

A Call to Action for United Methodists in Response to the Plight of Migrants

The United Methodist Immigration Task Force calls upon Methodists across the connection to take action in support of migrants, immigrants and asylum seekers by praying, giving and writing our politica ...

Crossing language barriers for sanctuary in Charlottesville, Virgina

Wesley Memorial UMC in Charlottesville, Virginia, discovers that offering sanctuary is more than providing safe space – it’s about finding ways to cross barriers and create community.

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