Jesuit Father Richard Ryscavage, director of Fairfield University's Center for Faith and Public Life and a professor of sociology and anthropology, oversaw the colleges study. He told Catholic News Service that both efforts are part of the Jesuits' worldwide focus on migration of the past five to six years.
He said other components in the United States include a project in Long Island to develop a model for debating immigration at the parish level -- framing it from the perspective of faith. "How to make it a little less of a screaming match," is how Father Ryscavage put it.
Another effort is a collaboration just beginning with the Red Cross to figure out at what level institutional or economic breakdowns lead people to decide to leave their homes, and then work at fixing it, Father Ryscavage said.
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