CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Saturday, 24 August 2019

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Migration not an economic answer

ABUJA (SE): “Human trafficking is likely to increase the number of frustrated people who cannot make ends meet. You know by the time you finish university and you are roaming the streets for three, four, five and six years with no job and you reach 30 or 31-years-of-age with no future, it is very difficult to sit down quietly,” Fides quoted John Cardinal Oneiyekan, the archbishop of Abuja, in Nigeria, as saying.

Speaking at a conference on human trafficking organised by Caritas Internationalis and the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People held in Abuja in early September, the cardinal launched an appeal to the government to take urgent measures to relaunch the economy of the country, to create jobs for young people.

“Maybe the government is telling people to look for other ways of making a living, go to farm, but the government will have to do a little bit more to make it possible for young people to go to farm or do other things, not just sit down doing nothing and rotting away. It is a little bit frustrating,” the cardinal tipped as a possible future pope said.

Cardinal Oneiyekan continued saying that creating circumstances that left people with no option other than to migrate is not a solution to the problems the nation faces.

“Migration to an unknown destination is not the real answer,” he said. “People say that it can always be better up there. It is not true. It can be worse over there than what you are facing here too. At least here you have no winter; you can sleep under the bridge. You cannot sleep under the bridge there. You will die of cold,” he concluded.

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