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Flucht, Migration und Integration Flight, Migration and Integration

Eine Anfrage an die christliche Theologie und Diakonie A Question for Christian Theology and Social Engagement


Edited By Matthias Heesch, Russell Kleckley and Hans Schwarz

Das Buch legt theologische Deutungen der Thematik Flucht, Migration und Integration, ausgehend von verschiedenen kulturellen und sozialen Kontexten, vor. Viele der Beiträgerinnen und Beiträger sind an Orten tätig, in denen dieser Themenkomplex ähnlich bedeutend ist, wie in Westeuropa. Sie besprechen Flucht, Migration und Integration als Fragen an die christliche Theologie und Diakonie. Ihre individuellen Antworten und Sichtweisen bereichern die kritische Debatte über diese aktuellen Herausforderungen.

This book presents theological approaches to the subject flight, migration and integration from various cultural and social contexts. Many of the contributors are active in places where the issue of flight, migration and integration is similarly significant as it is in Western Europe. They discuss flight, migration and integration as questions for Christian theology and diaconia. Their individual responses and views illuminate and inform the critical discussion for the challenges facing today’s world.

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Migration and Refugee Issues in Light of the Social Teaching of Jesus

Migration and Refugee Issues in Light of the Social Teaching of Jesus


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Abstract: Issues with regard to migration and refugees are still plaguing us. Of the many options and measures to tackle the problem, integration becomes an urgent issue and the role of religion for effective integration plans becomes apparent. Religion provides the spiritual and mental needs of human beings and thus can influence people’s feelings positively or negatively.

Migration is not a new phenomenon. It has been taking place in the world since time immemorial. This implies migration existed and has moved along with the history of humankind. Migration is the constitutive stuff of history. History is more or less shaped and influenced by migration. History and migration intertwine with each other and give meaning to the story of human civilization. On the other hand, migration shows the mobility of human beings. Human beings are always on the move and make history as they move. The mobility of human beings is the driving force of human history. History would have taken on a different form and shape had there not been the mobility of human beings.

There are many reasons why people move or migrate. The reasons will differ from one place to another as well as one human race is different from one race to another. Generally, we can categorize two kinds of human movements and migration; one being economic and political, and the other being social and religious. The first kind is more aggressive and sometimes dehumanizing for those...

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