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The World of Migrant Children and Youth



FMSI - Daily Reflections for Advent

11/11/2013: General House

We are pleased to have published the booklet titled: “The World of Migrant Children and Youth”. Like every year during the time of Advent, FMSI has again in 2013 produced a tool for personal reflection which has been inspired by children’s rights. This year, in particular, FMSI has proposed the theme of migrant children and their rights, which was the main focus during the Day of the World Debate in 2012 promoted by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.

Furthermore, the theme remains a strong reality due to the constant and massive flow of migration which concerns many countries in the world. These countries have become new locations for many migrants who leave their places of birth to escape poverty, war, and natural disasters. After all, the theme is particularly relevant at this time of the year, as we think about the family from Nazareth: Jesus, Mary and Joseph who were forced to migrate to Egypt and had to confront many difficulties during that time.

The booklet was created based on the testimonies of children and youth in the Marist world that have lived in migrant conditions with their families. FMSI would like to thank all of those who have contributed to this small publication for Advent; we would like to think the children and youth that have shared their life experiences with us, the parents that have given permission for their children’s stories to be published and also the FMSI contacts in the Marist Provinces, without their cooperation this work would not have been possible.

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“Migrant children must always be treated first and foremost as children”
François Crépeau - special reporter for the human rights of children.

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