Speeches

Speeches

Address by Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn
The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, addressed the SIMN VI International Forum on Migration and Peace in Rome, Italy from February 20-22, 2017. Bishop DiMarzio spoke national engagement on the panel, “Mapping the Migration Activities of Catholic Organizations.”

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The Roots of Central America’s Exodus
Kevin Casas-Zamora, Senior Fellow and Program Director at The Inter-American Dialogue, delivered this address at the DACOR Bacon House Foundation 2016 Annual Conference “The Challenges of Contemporary Mass Migration.” In his speech, Casas-Zamora discusses the structural problems affecting the Northern Triangle countries of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador causing emigration, particularly by children and family units.

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On Climate Change, Migration and Policy

I want to highlight the difficulties with understanding mobility in the context of climate change:

First, how can we responsibly deal with the multi-causal nature of population movements? Can we even talk of “climate change-induced displacement or migration?” We know that decisions to move are rarely mono-causal and that the line between “voluntary” and “forced” is often quite blurry. 

Secondly, there is no consensus in our field about the appropriate terms to use about the people we are talking about. 

Thirdly, there is the difficulty of how to situate those who move because of the effects of climate change in the broader context of population movements undertaken for other reasons. The fundamental question is: Should people displaced by the effects of climate change receive preferential treatment compared to those displaced by volcanoes or tsunamis, in comparison with those forced to leave their communities because of wars or grinding poverty?

A fourth difficulty in the policy realm is that we really don’t know how many people we are talking about.

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