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Declaration of the participants of the 15th European Asylum Conference
We, altogether some 150 participants from 16 European countries, met from 15th to 20th October 2018 in Chios and Athens Greece for the 15th European Asylum Conference. The event was co-organised by the Churches´ Commission for Migrants in Europe and Diakonie Deutschland under the slogan of …read more
Safe Passage: Advocating for a humane asylum and migration policy in Europe
Many churches have been expressing concern about the harsh realities of asylum and migration in Europe – the unacceptable deaths of many of those trying to come to Europe, the realities of poor reception conditions and…Read more

CCME launched a homepage to remember those who have died at the European borders. Visit

Stop hotspot approach, create safe passages: Church asylum experts gather in Athens. [download document]

The Synodal Council of the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren encourages help for refugees [download document]

No Refugee Guantanamo: Churches call for safe passage following EU summit
15-20 October 2018, Greece [download document]

Intercession in memory of those who have lost their lives at the borders of the EU 2018 [download document]

Religious communities in Switzerland demand more protection for refugees. German,…. Français
Recommendations for humane return policies in Europe
Policies for returning persons who have no right to reside in EU Member States are currently dominating public discourse. Certainly, return is one element of a comprehensive migration and asylum system; states have the right and obligation to set the rules for persons from other countries to enter and reside, and to return those who do not meet those conditions. States and the EU are, however….Read more
A Comparative Report “Identification and response to the needs of Trafficked Asylum Seekers” has been compiled, based on the findings from Cyprus, France, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and the UK where the project has been implemented. A Summary Report and a “European Toolbox” have been produced by project partners.
International Migrants Day: Churches in Europe call EU to protect migrants in Libya
Thousands of refugees and migrants trapped in Libya are at the mercy of Libyan authorities, militias, armed groups and smugglers often working seamlessly together for financial gain,” states a recent report by Amnesty International, alerting the international community on the situation of migrants in Libya. At the beginning of December, news reports showed how…read more
Safe Passage
In response to the increasing number of refugees, churches across Europe coordinated by CCME started Safe Passage. Click here for the information leaflet, or read the German leaflet.
In November 2014 Christian organisations published Recommendations for the development of safe and legal paths to protection in the European Union. Read more.
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Conference of experts confirms churches’ role in creating welcoming and integrating societies

The biblical imperative to welcome the stranger was at the heart of a Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME) conference in Prague (Czech Republic) this week. The event brought together more than 70 representatives from Czech, Hungarian, Slovak, and Czech churches, governments, UNHCR, regional non-governmental organisations, and more
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Lampedusa Ecumenical Statement

We are Christians of different traditions from Europe and the United States meeting in Palermo from 30 September to 2 October 2017 to reaffirm our commitment to welcoming migrants and asylum seekers. Catholics, Orthodox and Protestants, we have ecumenically carried out reception activities, paying close attention to the concerns and the proposals made by experts and civil society representatives who have contributed to our debate. On 3 October, we have reached Lampedusa to remember the victims of…Read more; Italian Version

Asylum Seekers’ Transfers from Greece to Germany for Family Reunification under EU Regulation 604/2013

The undersigned organizations would like to express our serious concerns on a de facto violation of the right for family reunification and breach of relevant provisions stipulated in the EU Regulation 604/2013 (Dublin III Regulation), regarding asylum seekers’ transfers from Greece to Germany under family reunification procedure. We refer specifically to a practice recorded…read more.

Joint Statement on Administrative Detention of Migrants

53 organisations including CCME have released a Joint Statement to the European Committee on Legal Co-Operation of the Council of Europe (CDCJ), calling for the adoption of a fundamentally different approach for the conditions of administrative detention of migrants….Read more

NGOs' concern about the proposed EU cooperation with Libya

Over 70 NGOs have expressed their concern about proposed EU cooperation with Libya through a letter to EU heads of states and governments and EU policymakers.
The decision to transfer the responsibility for managing migratory movements along the central Mediterranean route to Libya will neither reduce human rights abuses, nor end smuggling. Instead, it will significantly increase…read more: DEUTSCH, ELLINIKÁ, ESPAÑOL , FRANÇAIS, ITALIANO, NEDERLANDS, POLSKI

NGOs Call to Expand the Use of Safe and Legal Channels for Refugees

The increasing number of people in need of international protection perishing on their way to safety is a sinister reminder of the limitations of the current international protection regime. Entitlements to the rights recognised by international and regional protection systems, including under the EU’s Common European Asylum System (CEAS), are accessible only to those who manage to…read more.
Struggle against statelessness

To be stateless is not to be recognized as a citizen by any state. It is a legal anomaly that often prevents persons from accessing fundamental civil, political, economic, cultural and…read more

Our team

Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME) – Ecumenical Centresaid

General Secretary:
Dr. Torsten Moritz

Executive Secretary:
Ms Shari Brown

Office Manager:
Mr. Emmanuel Kabalisa

Ms. Charlotte Vanderborght

Global Mission Fellow:
Mr Jean Pierre Habimana