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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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Turning Strangers into Friends? Migration, Estrangement and Hospitality

Turning Strangers into Friends? Migration, Estrangement and Hospitality


←74 | 75→Limuel Equina

Abstract: Theories on migration including religious and moral principles are explored to provide a basic knowledge of understanding the dynamics of migration. The advocacies advanced to address the intricacies of migration as a global reality may be instructive in the efforts of creating habitable and hospitable communities.

Marc was a Filipino engineering student in the Philippines before migrating to the USA to join his parents who were immigrants. On his arrival in the USA, he continued his engineering course, finished it and later earned his Master’s degree from a state university. Marc’s first year in school was a year of self-reflection. He was quiet in the classroom to observe how people behaved, use the English language, react to things and treat others. On one occasion, a group of four white young Americans stopped him before he got into his car. The youngsters taunted him by imitating the Chinese language they even didn’t know. Marc did not flinch. Knowing that he was not intimidated by their provocation, his aggressors retreated without harming him physically.

He has lived in the US for more than 15 years now and is currently working as a technical engineer of a global company owned by a white American. In this company, he noted that performance counts more than ethnicity. Although not publicly declared, one’s connection to the „center of power“ is an indispensable factor in the politics of control.

When he returned to the...

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