Immigration in Europe

From the Faith Angle Europe 2019 Forum in Côte d’Azur, France

Dr. Kathleen Newland, Senior Fellow, Migration Policy Institute

Br. Gioacchino Campese, Director, Casa Scalabrini 634

More than 60 million international migrants today reside in European Union countries—a 28 percent increase since 2009. Was Angela Merkel’s decision to admit into Germany nearly 1.7 million foreign-born migrants a substantial reason for her lack of popular support? Clearly, in a run of recent elections European voters have expressed fear, suspicion, and concerns over self-preservation, with Italy’s deputy prime minister cautioning fellow citizens that “centuries of history are at risk of disappearing if Islamization gains the upper hand.” On the other hand, many religious communities and civil society organizations are committed to “welcoming the stranger.” This session summarizes recent European immigration trends and provides a firsthand description of Casa Scalabrini 634, a Rome-based order committed to welcoming, protecting, and integrating a community of 25–30 migrants into Italy.


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Immigration in Europe


Dr. Kathleen Newland

Senior Fellow, Migration Policy Institute

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Br. Gioacchino Campese

Director, Casa Scalabrini 634

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