Refugees and Asylum Seekers – Love Thy Neighbour

Throughout history the need for individuals, families, and or communities to flee persecution and or famine has been well documented. In Exodus the people of Israel ed from slavery (Ex), Joseph’s brothers went to Egypt due to a devastating famine (Gn 42:1-3), and Mary and Joseph escaped to Egypt to protect the life of Jesus (Mt 2:13-15). Today there are 15.2 million1 people who are considered refugees in accordance with the strict terms of the United Nations Refugee Convention 1951. This convention defines a refugee as a person who ‘owing to well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion,
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