Catholic Charities USA’s approach to migration is rooted in the Gospel and Catholic social teaching. All persons have the right to find in their own countries the opportunities to live in dignity and the right to seek work elsewhere in order to survive. Sovereign nations have the right to control their borders while affording protection to refugees and asylum seekers and respecting the human dignity and rights of undocumented migrants.
In “Exploitation of Migrant Workers and Tools for Protection,” the Vatican’s Migrants and Refugees Section calls for all migrant workers to have rights as workers, regardless of their immigration status and addressed the critical gaps in protections for the vulnerable. It also offers “best practices and statements that promote the protection of migrants and the adoption of standards and measures that might monitor their working conditions, standards, and rights.”