The coordinator of the Refugee Support Platform (PAR) considers that Portugal “has been on the right side of history” when it comes to supporting refugees.
André Costa Jorge strong, to Renaissance, that there are many European countries, of Catholic tradition, “that refuse to participate in the reception” of migrants.
“Portugal has responded to the appeal of Pope Francis, during his visit to Lesbos, for the protection of our suffering, unprotected brothers. Portugal has shown a sense of responsibility and respect for European values,” he says.
However, the coordinating attitude of PAR emphasizes that “it is not enough just to have a right, but it is also important that policy makers help those on the ground to find lasting solutions”.
“Portugal welcomed Afghans, without a funding plan. This is important, as it shows the weight of Portuguese solidarity. Now, it is necessary to work to support those who participated in the reception”, he exemplifies.
André Costa Jorge also says that “it is necessary to achieve, after saving” and that this is also a challenge for the European Union.
And he said that the Pope’s visit to Lesbos “makes it clear that Portuguese parishes also have to make this their mission”.
“Catholic communities must actively participate in hospitality,” he urges.