The Catholic Agency for Justice, Peace and Development

Social Justice Week 2016

In 2016 we we invited everyone to consider “what is my migration story?” and “how are we fostering a culture of encounter?”

Migration is changing our world in ways that we cannot ignore. In 2015 the number of persons living in a country other than where they were born reached 244 million for the world as a whole, a 41 per cent increase compared to 2000.

Human dignity, solidarity and common good are the principles upon which we must treat our migrant brothers and sisters. Migration provides an opportunity for enriching contact among cultures and civilisations. Yet it can also be an isolating experience for migrants, and misunderstandings can arise between people of different cultures and backgrounds.

In 2016, we created content which supports parishes to include the theme of We all have a migration story: Fostering a culture of encounter in the Social Justice Week Sunday celebration.

Resources for Justice Week 2016

Examen - Fostering a culture of encounter

Booklet (resources & liturgy notes)

Social Justice Week videos

In 2016 we created three short videos about migrants settling in to Aotearoa New Zealand. Parishes were encouraged to watch and discuss these.


Migrant Worker Research Project

In 2016, we listened and talked with migrant workers and people who have supported migrants in the Wellington Archdiocese about their experiences of working in New Zealand. We heard their joys and their struggles, cases of unfair treatment and exploitation, as well as when they found justice. 

In particular we were interested in how the Church community and government policies can be supportive to migrant workers and ensure that they feel welcomed and are able to get help when they do face unfair treatment at work.

The report was released on 8 September 2016 in the lead up to Social Justice Week and is available online.

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