Migrants, refugees & victims of trafficking

More people are on the move worldwide than ever before.

244 million people worldwide are migrants or refugees. One in every 122 humans is now either a refugee, internally displaced, or seeking asylum. Half of all refugees are children.

Conflict forces people to seek safe refuge elsewhere.

Poverty, inequality and a lack of decent jobs drive people from home in search of a better future for themselves and their families – a desperate search that puts them at risk of being trafficked. An estimated 35.8 million people are trapped in this modern form of slavery.

Anglican churches across the globe are actively supporting and advocating for these, some of the most vulnerable people in the world – something central to the Christian tradition of ‘welcoming the stranger’ (Matthew 25:38-40).

Work with migrants and refugees

A Hong Kong-based network ministers to migrant workers and advocates for and with them for their rights.

Many churches, such as those in Kenya or Zambia, have a long tradition of hosting refugees fleeing civil strife and rallying faith leaders to respond to crisis.

Other churches are helping repatriated families physically, emotionally and spiritually – for example in Burundi, equipping returnees to start to rebuild their lives with skills training and peace and reconciliation programmes.

And in the Pacific, the churches are facing the reality of climate change refugees as rising sea levels threaten fragile island nations.

Across Europe, local churches are mobilising their assets to respond to the influx of refugees from Syria and elsewhere.

Ending human trafficking

All across the communion, churches are recognising the growing crisis of human trafficking. We are responding to this by helping local churches to develop a holistic and strategic response, working in partnership with other denominations and secular bodies. This focuses on raising awareness of the risks of human trafficking in local communities.

In North India the churches are acting on behalf of people who are trafficked into modern day slavery.

In Central America, the churches are setting up a network to tackle human trafficking and other human rights issues.

Hope Africa, of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, hosted a regional consultation on ending human trafficking, convened by the Anglican Alliance and the Salvation Army.

Responding to migrants, refugees and victims of human trafficking is one of our three global priorities.