Safe Passage background information sheets

Here are a summary of some key concepts of the Safe Passage project:

Family reunification
Humanitarian visas
Mutual recognition of positive asylum decisions
Private Sponsorship
Reception conditions and access to asylum procedures
Relocation
Resettlement
Resettlement vs. Relocation
Safe Passage
Search and Rescue at sea
Suspension of visa requirements

Safe Passages to and through Europe – Strengthen protection and support for refugees in Europe

The CCME Executive Committee took note of the current situation regarding refugee protection in Europe at its meeting in Timisoara /Romania 16-18 October 2015. During a conference organised by CCME member AIDROM in cooperation with the Romanian Orthodox Metropoly of Banat, the ExCom discussed how “European Churches (are) responding to….read more; Arabic; Greek

“Have no fear, for I am with you.”

Bible Study by Most Revd Dr Kari Mäkinen, Archbishop of Finland and Turku at the Conference “Have No Fear”: The impact of the global refugee crisis in Europe and European churches’ responses (14-16 June 2016, Lunteren, Netherlands). The event was jointly organised by the World Council of Churches (WCC), the Conference of European Churches (CEC), the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME) and the Protestant Church in the Netherlands (PKN).

‘Have no Fear’: A Statement

The World Council of Churches (WCC), the Conference of European Churches (CEC), the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME) and the Protestant Church in the Netherlands (PKN), recognising a need among member-churches and ecumenical organisations to reflect on responses to the global refugee crisis, organised a conference in Lunteren between 14th and 16th June 2016. The conference brought together more than sixty representatives of…..read more; Dutch; Hungarian

The World Council of Churches (WCC), the Conference of European Churches (CEC), the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME) and the Protestant Church in the Netherlands (PKN), recognising a need among member-churches and ecumenical organisations to reflect on responses to the global refugee crisis, organised a conference in Lunteren between 14th and 16th June 2016. The conference brought together more than sixty representatives of…..read more; Dutch; Hungarian


Europe is entering yet another summer during which significant groups of refugees and migrants will be arriving at the borders and shores of European states. This is a particular challenge for southern European countries and those having already received large numbers of refugees. Conflicts in the Middle East and several African countries lead to…read full statement