Presentation of the Guidelines for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Refugees for the South African dioceses

“We are all conscious of the challenges that are faced every day and the need to work together on the socio-pastoral issues in our Church. Our approach, therefore, must be an integrated one that respects both the needs of the displaced persons and those of the hosting community”, explains Sr Maria Rissini.

As for asylum seekers and refugees, the most recent statistics indicate the total number of applications registered with the Department of Internal Affairs is around 270,000. Of these 188,296 are asylum seekers and 80,758 are refugees.

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