Fratelli Tutti 132: Policy Effects Beyond Any One Border

132. Even when they take such essential steps, states are not able, on their own, to implement adequate solutions, “since the consequences of the decisions made by each inevitably have repercussions on the entire international community”.

This seems right. We witness it across Central America to the US today. Foreign policy in one place affects other nations–so much is obvious. Even internal political workings in one nation can have a ripple effect across a region. A coup here or there might spark some kind of movement of people into the next community or nation. It might also welcome immigration of a kind.

As a result, “our response can only be the fruit of a common effort”[Address to the Diplomatic Corps Accredited to the Holy See, 11 January 2016: AAS 108 (2016), 124] to develop a form of global governance with regard to movements of migration.

This kind of statement makes some people nervous, but some form of international cooperation is certainly needed to keep people happy and fruitful where they live.

Thus, there is “a need for mid-term and long-term planning which is not limited to emergency responses. Such planning should include effective assistance for integrating migrants in their receiving countries, while also promoting the development of their countries of origin through policies inspired by solidarity, yet not linking assistance to ideological strategies and practices alien or contrary to the cultures of the peoples being assisted”.[Ibid., 122]

Keeping ideology out of it: that is itself a herculean task these days.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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