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Churches in India are working to help vulnerable migrants settle down and find work as they move around. Most of these people are internal migrants who left because of economic reasons. Once they left their homes, unfortunately, they are frequently denied access to basic rights and entitlements. Without any assistance, the migrants live unstable and harsh lives. The church is filling the gap between the migrant and the government in order to provide families with information about jobs, churches, and other resources in the area.

3/20/2017 Pakistan (Crux) — The Indian bishops’ labor office has created an online system to register migrant workers, promote safe migration and help them in emergencies, reported ucanews.com.

Cardinal Baselios Thottunkal, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India, launched the web-based migrant data management system in New Delhi March 15.

He said it would pave the way to protect migrants who leave rural areas for cities in search of jobs.

“It will help enhance connectivity between villages and cities where migrant workers are based. It will also provide them with information from the government and the church,” he said.

Workers can register at 78 facilitation centers in Catholic dioceses across the country, where they can update their contact details, place of origin and where they work.

Apart from registration, the system also is designed to provide pastoral care, welfare services and counseling to the workers, ucanews.com reported.

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