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Pope to Migration and Development Forum: Confront the Crisis

Says sustainable environmental and human development needed to address migration phenomena

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[Adapted from Vatican Radio] 
Pope Francis has sent a message to participants in the Global Forum on Migration and Development, which took place in Dhaka, Bangladesh. 
In the message, sent through the Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin and published in the Osservatore Romano, the Holy Father “encourages governments and regional political authorities to confront the crisis provoked by the mass movement of people.»
Pope Francis reminded them that migratory phenomena and development are closely connected “with the urgent questions of poverty, war, and human trafficking,» thereby requiring “a sustainable environmental and human development.»
The 9th Global Forum on Migration and Development is organized by member states of the United Nations and took place on 10-12 December.
It is a «voluntary, informal, non-binding and government-led process open to all States Members and Observers of the United Nations, to advance understanding and cooperation on the mutually reinforcing relationship between migration and development and to foster practical and action-oriented outcomes.»
The United Nations offers the following infographics, which give a sense of the global migration situation. See here: http://refugeesmigrants.un.org/infographics
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