Catholic Social Teaching and Global Migration: Bridging the Paradox of Universal Human Rights and Territorial Self-Determination

19 Pages Posted: 29 Apr 2009  

Vincent D. Rougeau

Notre Dame Law School

Date Written: 2009

Abstract

In this essay, I will consider how law, religion, and democratic pluralism revolve around a particular issue: global migration. I use the term "global migration" to encompass a number of related issues that are often collapsed under the term "immigration." In nations that have constructed their identities around waves of settlers or migrants -- places like the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand -- immigration involves the formal reception of foreigners into the host country as potential new citizens. This is just one part of the migration of peoples around the globe. Migration also encompasses emigration, asylum, economic migration,and undocumented or irregular immigration. This larger collection of human movements presents new challenges to democratic nations in a global environment in which most have explicitly committed themselves to certain fundamental, democratic values and human rights norms. Furthermore, these same values relate closely to core notions of Christianity. Catholic social teaching is a tradition within Christianity that emphasizes the dignity of the human person and, as such, complements and supports key liberal values essential to democracy and modern human rights discourse.

Keywords: immigration, global migration, citizenship, pluralism, democracy, 'Catholic social teaching', human rights

Suggested Citation

Rougeau, Vincent D., Catholic Social Teaching and Global Migration: Bridging the Paradox of Universal Human Rights and Territorial Self-Determination (2009). Seattle University Law Review, Vol. 32, No. 2, 2009; Notre Dame Legal Studies Paper No. 09-20. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1396734

Vincent DePaul Rougeau (Contact Author)

Notre Dame Law School ( email )

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