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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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A Theological and Ethical Approach to the Issues of Migration of Women and Children in India

A Theological and Ethical Approach to the Issues of Migration of Women and Children in India


←140 | 141→Rajula Annie Watson

Abstract: The crisis of migrant women and children calls the attention of the church and it is a challenge to theology and ethics for an integral approach to counter the deplorable situation. Understanding and responding to the migrants’ problems should be the priority in the ministry of reconciliation which reflects God and God’s preferential option for the poor.

Migration or immigration is not a new topic of the present scenario of globalization. Rather this can be dated back to the prehistoric period, or time immemorial. Perhaps we can refer it back to the beginning of the creation story found in the Bible where Adam and Eve were expelled from the garden of Eden or rather forced to migrate to the Land (due to their disobedience) and find their livelihood in a new place, and were refugees! We find a lot of stories (histories) in the Bible that generations after generations, and very particularly Israelites, migrated towards the Promised Land or were led to settle in the Promised Land where „milk and honey flow.“ Biblical people were displaced, went into exile, and were forced to flee from their own land for various reasons be it faith journey, famine, natural calamity, war, or other social upheavals. People were refugees in their own land even during biblical time and almost the same situation continues today in the land of Israel, as well as all over the world.

However, until today migration has...

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