(Rome) Cardinal Peter Turkson, Prefect of the new Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development said:
"Immigration is like water running out of the water tap. It is not only necessary to wipe
it up, but to turn off the tap."
The Cardinal's reply to the letter went back to March 30, but was hardly noticed. The SIR, the press service of the Italian Bishops' Conference, was worth a small report. In a press conference, the Cardinal presented a meeting of his dicastery, which took place a week ago on the 3/4th of April in the Vatican. The occasion was the publication of Populorum Progresso 50 years ago.
Immigration, according to the Cardinal, is a long-term phenomenon. Therefore, "systematic planning and turning off the tap" would have to be done by promoting projects in migrant countries of origin. The aim of these projects must be to prevent the emigration of the population. The second aspect is the admission of these countries to the world market.
The Cardinal warned against the negative consequences of excessive immigration into countries with a demographic decline.
"Where there are more guests than children, there are always strong tensions. Asylum can be granted if domestic demographic development is ensured. When the births return, the native population will have its concern about the arrival of immigrants offset. The nationalisms arise precisely because of the concern of the native population of a country could be swallowed up by the immigration of a new population."
As far as the statements of the Cardinal, reproduced by SIR. Its overall statements have not yet been published.
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
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