Migrant and refugee needs are top priority for Asia battle against poverty

27 November 2011

The consultation also joined Africa and Latin America in prioritising economic empowerment and called for a regional meeting on peace and reconciliation.

The weeklong consultation at the Mariners Club in Hong Kong included participants from Hong Kong, India, Korea, Myanmar, Pakistan, the Philippines and Sri Lanka. Representatives also attended from the Amity Foundation in China, Australian agencies the Anglican Board of Mission and AngliCORD,  Episcopal Relief and Development, Lambeth Palace, Primates World Relief and Development Fund and USPG: Anglicans in World Mission.

The consultation, hosted jointly by the Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui and the Anglican Alliance is the last of the series to draw up the priorities for the initiative to bring together development, relief and advocacy work across the Anglican Communion.  It featured a visit to see the work undertaken at St John’s Cathedral in Hong Kong on behalf of migrants and refugees, and a workshop organised  by the Migrants and refugees forum co-ordinator Rev Catherine Graham.

Asia participants also decided on a programme of regional advocacy focusing on migrants and refugees, peace and reconciliation and a campaign against human trafficking.

In relief the meeting identified the need for more support for marginalised people who lack the documentation needed to get support from the international humanitarian system.

The meeting was jointly with the Alliance steering group members in the region:  Bishop Humphrey Peters of Peshawar in Pakistan, and Khagendra Das of Durgapur in North India, Laura Ocampo from the Philippines and Rev Desmond Cox of Hong Kong.

Sally Keeble, Anglican Alliance director, said: “These conclusions will feed into the costed  work programme being drawn up for the Anglican Alliance.”