Both editorials in the Catholic papers bring to the attention of the readers the difficulties of the migrants in Korea. Today Korean Catholics remember the 101st World Day of Migrants and Refugees along with Vocations on Good Shepherd Sunday.
world village in which we live brings the reality of different people
and cultures living together. Korea has ethnic Koreans from China,
Russia and North Korea and many other migrants with different facial
features who have come from poor countries and are here to do the
difficult, dirty and dangerous work of the society, often discriminated
and shunned. There is also a large number who have married Koreans and are living in the country.
They are often treated worse than those in the
lowest stratum of society: they are the invisible persons in society.Very basic human rights are not respected, health care, educational aid,
and when sick hospital care is not easily found, and in school ignored by classmates. Even in the Church we see this happening. We have separate Masses for them and they are not relating with the parishioners. When we don't accept a foreigner
we are refusing something basic of a person's humanity. We are treating
another as a commodity and fitting them into the
structures of the society we have made.
In our elementary, middle and high schools one out of a hundred are children from another culture. This shows that we are becoming a multicultural country. This requires we change the way we think and act.
in society do not hear the cry of the weak, and fail to see their
pain and the need to find solutions. A survey made recently found that those married to Koreans, in 2009, 36.4 % felt discrimination and in 2012 it increased to
41.9 %. Three years ago 3.% of the migrants said prejudice and
discrimination made life difficult, this has now gone up to 7%. A sign
that we are not doing well in our efforts.
Francis in his message for the 101st World Day of Migrants: "The
Church without frontiers Mother to all, spreads throughout the
world a culture of acceptance and solidarity, in which no one is seen as
useless, out of place or disposable. When living out this motherhood
effectively, the Christian community nourishes, guides and indicates the
way, accompanying all with patience, and drawing close to them through
prayer and works of mercy."