Bordered by COVID-19 and the EU-27: Imagining a theology of global domicile
The European Union legislates the free movement of people, capital and goods, within and between its member states. This political commitment has been hard-pressed by the undocumented migrants entering the EU. The COVID-19 pandemic catalysed restrictions upon the free movement of people within the EU. Whilst legal, these restrictions posed a significant existential threat to the EU. Accompanying these is an increasing tendency to prioritise the claims of the nation state above all other obligations, including those of international law or any sense of moral or ethical obligation. European churches play an active role in refugee advocacy and welfare, fostering processes of welcome and integration, accompanied by the development of ecclesiologies that simultaneously transcend borders and acknowledge their legal and political necessity. This paper highlights the responses of nation-states to migrants and contrasts these with a constructive diaspora theology that is fit for purpose within the context of the European Union and its member states.
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