Archive for January 2016

The year of the migrant

January 29, 2016

EmailLesbos-4Did you know that 2015 was the ‘European Year for Development’? The goal was to focus on the EU’s “external action and Europe’s role in the world.” Ironically, it seems the world arrived in Europe in 2015. It might have been better titled ‘The European Year of the Migrant’.

The figures speak for themselves: 920,000 arriving by sea, and a further 34,000 coming by land. This compares with a total of 214,000 by land and sea in 2014. (figures from International Office of Migration).

This issue of Vista tries to capture something of what happened, with stories from all stages of the journey, from arrival in Europe to transition and destination. Along the way we discover the vital role of the smart phone and stand back to take a wider, European perspective.

Despite this being the longest ever edition of Vista, it is only a very small representation of how Christians across Europe have responded, and are continuing to act on behalf of the migrant.

But we don’t just want to look back. The problems and tensions are here to stay. As Christians we can act and pray. Throughout Vista we point you in the direction of resources to use and share. By accessing them you can become better informed and equipped to respond to what is happening where you are.

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Jo Appleton