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UN Refugee Agency

Global Stewardship

Promote peace throughout the world

The gospel calls us to love our neighbor as ourselves.  Who is our neighbor?  Do we have an obligation to help those we've never met who are half way around the world?  We invite you to explore Global Stewardship through the journey of refugees.

Explore the Journey of Refugees

Fleeing natural disaster, war or persecution in their home country for reasons of race, religion, nationality, or membership in a social group or political faction - fear drives refugees to seek safe haven in another country. Consider that Christ and the Holy Family fled persecution and lived in exile in Egypt.  Consider our connection to refuguees and explore these through tradition, art, and faith.  One person can make a difference. 

The UN Refugee Agency estimates that more than 59.5 million people, half of whom are children, have fled to neighboring countries and 7.6 million are displaced internally within Syria. This international issue is also critical in Minnesota.  Over the last three decades, refugees have been settling in Minnesota with over 95,000 refugees calling Minnesota home.  They face barriers like language, finding jobs, health care, and navigating a new culture.  

 

Refugees' Journey to Minnesota from Basilica St. Mary on Vimeo.

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Refugee's Journey to Minnesota (trailer) from Basilica St. Mary on Vimeo.

 

By the Numbers - Did you know. . .

  • 80% of refugees worldwide are women and children.

  • 46% of refugees worldwide were under age 18 in 2012.

  • 895,000 individuals applied for asylum or refugees status in 2011.

  • Over 95,000 refugees reside in Minnesota. and 2,244  refugees were resettled in Minnesota in 2015.

  • Minneapolis is home to more Somalis than any other city in the U.S, and Minnesota is home to around 25,000 Somali-Americans - 1/3rd of the national population. 

  • 100 ethnic groups live in the Phillips neighborhood in south Minneapolis.

  • By country of origin, the 10 largest groups of foreign-born residents in Minnesota are (in descending order): Mexico, India, Laos, Somalia, Vietnam, Thailand (including Hmong), China, Korea, Ethiopia, and Liberia. MNcompass.org

  • St. Paul has a growing population of Karen, an ethnic group from Burma, that is currently the largest in the U.S.  They also have the largest Hmong community in the U.S. 

  • Brooklyn Center and Brooklyn Park have some of the largest Liberian communities in the U.S.

  • 8 months - the amount of time the US provides financial assistance to refugee families.

  • Nearly 80% of the state's foreign-born residents live in the Twin Cities 7-county region.
     

Why is Minnesota home to so many refugees? 

Minnesota has strong social benefits and support systems provided by government and non-profits.  Catholic Relief Services, Lutheran Social Services, the American Refugees Committee and World Relief Minnesota and other groups help refugees find housing, acclimate to the culture and provide language assistance. 

On our U.S. Border with  Mexico

  • 3,002 Human remains have been recovered from the Arizona Desert region between October 1999 - July 2016 - Humaneborders.org

  • 34,000  Detention beds; 62% of detainees in for-profit prisons..  There are Private prison corporations run by the Corrections Corporation of America, GEO Group.

  • 2,000  Central American mothers and children have been imprisoned in remote locations. (Source: Advocates for Human Rights, Minneapolis)

  • 40,000  Central American children tried to cross into the U.S. in the year that ended on Sept. 30, 2015.

  • 300  out of 6,900 applicants under the Central American Minors program have been granted citizenship along with their families since the program's inception in December of 2015.

  • 218,265  Deportations in 2015; 41% have no criminal records. 

Take action today

  • Pray for the volunteers and organizations working with refugees in Minnesota and around the world. 

  • Reflect on your own unique relationship with God. How do you build relationships with refugees who are tying to make a new home in Minnesota?  How do we build relationships with refugees around the world?  Consider the sacredness of each human being.

  • Learn about one non-profit changing Refugees lives by offering education and resources to help them rebuild their lives in a new country.

  • Get involved at The Basilica or in our community to help refugees. 

  • Pray for peace in the world.

WORLDWIDE AND MINNESOTA GROUPS WHO HELP REFUGEES

Prayer for Refugees

Almighty and merciful God, Help me to bring peace to your world.  
Look with mercy on those who today are fleeing from danger and
afraid, homeless and hungry.
Bless those who work to bring them relief;
inspire generosity and compassion in all our hearts:
and guide the nations of the world toward that day 
when all will rejoice in your Kingdom of jusice and peace.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen

Thanks to our Global Fair Trade Market Partners

Carry and Gary Kemp - Mayan textiles and baskets made by talented in Guatemala who are working to overcome extreme pverty and become self-sufficient:  http://www.mayanhands.org

Tiny Tim and Friends - Craft items made by Kachele Women's Support Group to help HIV+ women and their children in Zambia: http://www.us.tinytimandfriend.org/index.php

Trade Winds - Global Spirit clothing, jewelery, and winter wear, including mittens, hats, scarves and more: https://www.facebook.com/TradeWindsTW2/

Divas Fair Trade Fashion Accessories & Gifts - Gourd boxes, ornaments, bowls, hand-knit Alpaca accessories from Peru, natural wood educational stuffed animals, jewelry, lotion, and kitchen accessories; to learn more please visit the website: http://divasfairtrade.org/

Regla De Oro - Fair Trade: It's about "the golden rule" offering a veriaty of unique art and quality fair trade products: http://www.regladeoro.com/home.html

House of Talents - Offers a variety of woven baskets, textiles, soaps, and jewelry created by artisans from Ghana: http://houseoftalents.com

Opportunity International - Works to end global poverty by creating and sustaining jobs, Opportunity International will be providing goods from multiple continents: http://opportunity.org/

Hu Hul-Kin - "Rays of the Sun", provides a safe haven for women throughout Mexico, Peru, and Guatemala, where they can learn trades and skills to support themselves: http://huhulkin-raysofthesun.org/

 

Upcoming Events

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