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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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The Plight of Migrant Labourers of North Karnataka: A Case Study of the Migrant Labourers Working in Mangaluru

The Plight of Migrant Labourers of North Karnataka: A Case Study of the Migrant Labourers Working in Mangaluru


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Abstract: This article is an attempt to shed light on the struggle of the migrant labourers within the state of Karnataka, South India. It shows the prevailing problems of the migrants and points to the role of the church in this area. Although the church claims to have been engaged in service towards the needy, it totally neglects the problems of the migrants.

The Purpose of the Study: While acknowledging the various factors inflicting migration, this paper focuses on the migrant labourers in order to bring out the plight of these people. However, one cannot deny the problems faced by other classes of people such as white-collared or blue-collared whose struggles are relatively no worse than these labourers. The class of people mentioned in this paper include both skilled and unskilled labourers. As a sample of the survey a small number of 25 people were interviewed and their experiences were documented by visiting colonies of settlement in Mangaluru city. Although one can find similar situations in other cities too, this paper confines the discussion to the migrants in Mangaluru. This study not only highlights the socio-economic conditions of the migrants but also exhibits the mindset of the people of the land who receive their service. Therefore, the problem arising out of the life-situation of migrants raises the need of pastoral response of the church1 to the oppressed. This paper is aimed at shedding some light towards the need of diaconal ministry of...

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