Sunday 14 January 2018, is the 104th World Day of Migrants and Refugees.
A Polish migrant reflects:
“I see that this Sunday is the World Day of Migrants and Refugees. In his message to mark the day, Pope Francis stresses the need to create a welcoming environment for migrants and refugees stating that:
“Every stranger who knocks at our door is an opportunity for an encounter with Jesus Christ, who identifies with the welcomed and rejected strangers of every age.”
As a Polish emigre who settled in this country after the Second World War, my family and I were always grateful for the hospitality shown to us here. We in turn have always welcomed younger Polish friends and relatives who have come here to work or study. Through the years our parish community also welcomed Hungarians in 1956, Vietnamese in the 1970s and others.
It saddens me when I hear people criticising modern Poland, who have refused to take in a single refugee from the war-torn Middle East or Africa although Poland has accepted many Ukrainian refugees. I am sure the government policy does not reflect the attitude of many ordinary people there.”