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This Christmas, European church leaders unite for refugees and migrants
In the spirit of Christmas, European church leaders are affirming the values of dignity, respect and compassion for refugees and migrants. Today a strong Christmas statement signed by church leaders from Europe and beyond was jointly issued by the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME) and the Conference of European Churches (CEC) and was presented to Mairead McGuinness, First Vice-President of the European Parliament in Brussels. Read more… CZECHENGLISH, FRENCH, GERMAN, GREEKITALIANRUSSIAN, SWEDISH

Stop hotspot approach, create safe passages: Church asylum experts gather in Athens
A meeting of 150 asylum experts from churches and civil society drew strong criticism of current European asylum policies and plans in this area. The 15th European Asylum Conference took place in Athens from 15 to 20 October at the invitation of the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe and Diakonie Deutschland. The conference started on Chios, one of the Aegean islands where the so-called…read more

No Refugee Guantanamo: Churches call for safe passage following EU summit
Churches in Europe have reacted with disappointment to the outcomes of yesterday’s European Union summit mainly addressing migration. General Secretary elect of the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME), Torsten Moritz, criticised the conclusions of the European Council held on 28 June in Brussels. “Once again the summit has missed the chance to discuss how….read more

Churches called to commemorate lives lost seeking safety
Since 2000, more than 30,000 people have died on their way to Europe, drowning at sea or in rivers, or suffocating in trucks and ships. Recent events relating to the rescue ship Aquarius underscore that some policy makers are not prioritising the lives and wellbeing of those stranded at sea. This refusal to receive points to moral bankruptcy and the failure to enact European values. Against these trends, churches must continue to….read more

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 delegates to the CCME General Assembly, which follows on 23 and 24 June. The opening session of the conference focussed on the Czech context and good practices emerging from church and diaconal...read more

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Stop hotspot approach, create safe passages: Church asylum experts gather in Athens

A meeting of 150 asylum experts from churches and civil society drew strong criticism of current European asylum policies and plans in this area. The 15th European Asylum Conference took place in Athens from 15 to 20 October at the invitation of the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe and Diakonie Deutschland. The conference started on Chios, one of the Aegean islands where the so-called…read more


No Refugee Guantanamo: Churches call for safe passage following EU summit

Churches in Europe have reacted with disappointment to the outcomes of yesterday’s European Union summit mainly addressing migration. General Secretary elect of the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME), Torsten Moritz, criticised the conclusions of the European Council held on 28 June in Brussels. “Once again the summit has missed the chance to discuss how….read more


Churches called to commemorate lives lost seeking safety

Since 2000, more than 30,000 people have died on their way to Europe, drowning at sea or in rivers, or suffocating in trucks and ships. Recent events relating to the rescue ship Aquarius underscore that some policy makers are not prioritising the lives and wellbeing of those stranded at sea. This refusal to receive points to moral bankruptcy and the failure to enact European values. Against these trends, churches must continue to….read more


2017

Have No Fear – But Hope

We see expressions of hope in those multiple prayers and actions of European citizens that have supported the common good. They are working to share Christian principles of solidarity, peace, generosity and the imperative to welcome the stranger. We have seen hope in the contribution of hundreds of thousands of people across Europe. Many people are….Read more


2016

Being Church in Europe Today: Migration through a theological lens

Migration touches all aspects of church life in Europe today. From social and diaconal action, to liturgical life, pastoral care, and theological reflection, churches are responding and adapting to the movement of migrants within Europe and from beyond its borders. These changing landscapes were the focus of a recent consultation convened by … Read more


 

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Press 2013-2015

December 18 2015: International Migrants’ Day

2015

On the occasion of International Migrants’ Day on 18 December, the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME), the Conference of European Churches (CEC), and the World Council of Churches (WCC) appeal to states to ratify the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families. The Convention was adopted 25 years ago today and provides the most comprehensive and coherent international instrument to protect the rights of ….read more


2014

Remembering persons who have lost their lives calls for a commitment to prevent such catastrophes

One year after the tragedy off the shores of Lampedusa, persons across Europe remember the persons who have lost their lives in this and many other incidents in the Mediterranean Sea. The Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe takes this opportunity to call on churches, governments, European institutions and people across Europe for a commitment to prevent such catastrophes.
While more refugees and asylum applicants have come to….read more

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2013

Day of intercession in memory of those who have died at the borders of the EU 2013

Together with Christians in other European countries, in our intercessions on a Sunday around 20 June 2013 we remember in particular migrants and refugees who have died on their way to seek a life of human dignity in Europe. We deplore the lethal consequences of sealing off the external borders of the European Union. This is taking place throughincreasingly sophisticated technical systems of border protection, through…English, German , Spanish


 

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2012

Right to Family Life and Family Reunification

64 NGOs call the EU Member States and the European Commission to safeguard family life of migrants and refugees

On the occasion of the public hearing on family reunification of third country nationals living in the EU, we, the undersigned organisations, call on the European Commission and EU Member States to guarantee the effective right to family life and family reunification for all migrants and beneficiaries of international protection. It is in the interest of Member States to harmonize practices and legislation in the field of family reunification. We remind that Member States have the obligation to properly implement the EU Family Reunification Directive and to remove the many legal and practical obstacles to family reunion that exist today.
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Right to Family Life and Family Reunification

20 NGOs call the EU Member States and the European Commission to safeguard family life of migrants and refugees
Today, on the International Day of Families, we, the undersigned organisations, call on the European Commission and EU Member States to guarantee the effective right to family life and family reunification for all migrants and beneficiaries of international protection. It is in the interest of Member States to harmonize practices and legislation in the field of family reunification. We remind that Member States have the obligation to properly implement the EU Family Reunification Directive and to remove the many legal and practical obstacles to family reunion that exist today.
While all Member States could improve their family reunification practices…read more


CCME Executive Committee calls on “EU member states to agree on more ambitious targets”

CCME Press Release 12/05

02.04.12 13:28

Refugee resettlement to the EU:
European churches call for 20.000 places by 2020
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CCME Executive Committee calls on “EU member states to agree on more ambitious targets”

CCME moderator Prof Dr Victoria Kamondji said that “the recent adoption of the EU resettlement scheme after such long negotiations is an encouraging sign. The EU member must now use the momentum to increase their efforts in this exercise of global responsibility sharing. Churches and other civil society organisation would stand ready to make their contribution to this.”

While the Executive Committee of the Churches´ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME) welcomes recent decisions of the EU Parliament and Council, CCME calls on EU member states to increase the volume and impact of refugee resettlement to the EU. In a policy paper adopted at its meeting in Hannover (Germany) 29-31 March 2012, the CCME Executive Committee, argues that “the EU and its member states can and must do more to offer protection to the most vulnerable refugees”. The policy papers notes that only a small percentage of the world’s refugees are hosted in Europe and that EU member states so far only offer around 4.-5.000 places per year for refugee resettlement. It highlights that the adoption of a common resettlement scheme by EU Council and European Parliament in March should lead to a “debate how a more meaningful and ambitious contribution by EU member states to international refugee protection could be achieved until the end of this decade and how coordination by the EU could maximise impact.”

In its policy recommendations, the CCME Executive Committee puts forward the target of 20.000 resettlement places to be made available annually by the then 28 (or more) EU member states by the year 2020. An overview table illustrates which ranges of resettlement places per member state would allow the EU to offer 20.000 resettlement places by the end of the decade. The CCME Executive Committee underlines that “the figures for 20.000 places within 8 years is entirely realistic, however, steps for attaining the figures need to start now”. The policy paper argues for stronger coordination of resettlement efforts of EU member states with external policies of the EU and calls for strong cooperation between governments, UNHCR and civil society in planning, implementing and evaluating refugee resettlement to the EU.

The full text of the policy paper can be found at: http://www.ccme.be/fileadmin/filer/ccme/20_Areas_of_Work/01_Refugee_Protection/2012-03-30-20_00_places_policy_final.pdf


OPEN YOUR EYES!

PRESS CONFERENCE Brussels 15th March 2012, 11.0012.00

Labour trafficking: European NGO campaign asks EU citizens to “open your eyes !”

Presentation of video spot in four European countries to highlight need for better identification

Tens of thousands persons every year find themselves trafficked into forced labour in Europe, according to estimates in the EU Member States, with exploitation happening mainly in the areas of construction, agriculture or domestic services. Against this background a group of civil society organisations in four European countries will on 15th March launch a series of video spots, asking EU citizens to “open your eyes” and help in identifying trafficked persons. The video spot is part of the MIRROR project. Read more…


Christian organisations on family reunification

February 2012

Caritas Europa, CCME, COMECE, Eurodiaconia, ICMC, JRS-Europe – Jesuit Refugee service Europe, and QCEA submit:

Comments on the European Commission´s Green Paper on the right of family reunification of third-country nationals living in the European Union

Our organisations represent Churches throughout Europe – Anglican, Orthodox, Protestant and Roman Catholic – as well as Christian agencies particularly concerned with migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers. As Christian organisations we are deeply committed to the inviolable dignity of the human person created in the image of God, the freedom of every human being, as well as to the common good, global solidarity and the promotion of a society that welcomes strangers…



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