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Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME)

Message of the 2021 CCME (extraordinary) General Assembly
Together we can save a million vulnerable humans in Europe again!
We met as the extraordinary General Assembly of the Churches´ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME) from 14th to 16th October 2021 in Brussels representing 41 Churches, Councils of Churches and related organisations from across Europe.
We are worried. The global public has in recent months been following with shock, despair and anger how desperate…Read more.

Time to Get Resettlement Moving!

CCME and 5 other European civil society networks appeal to EU “Time to get Resettlement Moving” ahead of EU resettlement forum and the 70th Anniversary of the 1951 Geneva Convention. They request EU institutions and EU member states to do their utmost to reach their 2020 target of resettling 30,000 persons of concern by the end of 2021, as pledged at the Global Refugee Forum in December 2019. Read more…


Mapping Migration, Mapping Churches’ Responses in Europe

Migration contributes to a more diverse Christian presence in Europe as well as to a more diverse religious landscape in many countries. Through migration, minority churches in some countries are growing. The current study Mapping Migration, Mapping Churches’ Responses in Europe, Being Church Together attempts to provide information on actual immigration and emigration figures for twenty‐two European countries, and seeks to identify the diversity of Christian presence.


Call to commemorate refugees who lost their lives in the Mediterranean
On the occasion of the World Refugee Day observed on 20 June, CEC and CCME appeal to the churches across Europe to commemorate the persons who lost their lives on their way to Europe. …Read more ; French Version (thanks to Evelyn Tatu for the translation). Some material is also available: ENGLISH; FRENCH (translation Evelyn Tatu)

Dr Torsten Moritz urges EU to welcome refugees after Lesbos camp blaze
“Christian group” comments on the proposed EU asylum and migration pact

CCME in a coalition of 8 Christian organisations has published 5 comment papers on the proposals for the EU Asylum and Migration Pact.
Please find underneath the reactions on:
– The pact in general
– Proposals on pre entry screening and border procedures
– Return and readmission
– Search and rescue & criminalisation of solidarity
– Solidarity

CCME held its Written General Assembly, 16 October 2020

The Churches´ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME) on 16th October held its written general assembly. Due to the COVID pandemic the assembly was held in a written format, with CCME member having cast their votes in advance. The Christian Council of Norway and the Armenian Roundtable Foundation were accepted into the membership of CCME. The assembly also …Read more   


Advocacy statement on the situation of migrants and refugees in Europe

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European and global church networks on eve of EU migration pact “reject the discourse and politics of fear and deterrence, … adopt a principled stance and compassionate practice”. Joint advocacy letter to Dr Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission; Mr Margaritis Schinas, Vice President of the European Commission for Promoting our European Way of Life and Mrs Ylva Johansson , European Commissioner for Home Affairs …Read more , German version



Resettlement can’t wait!
Ahead of the publication of the new EU Pact on Migration and Asylum on 23 September and the Resettlement Forum on 9 October, we appeal to the EU institutions and member states to urgently revive and increase resettlement efforts. After necessary travel restrictions brought resettlement to a standstill for several months this year, international travel is …Read more

Dr Torsten Moritz urges EU to welcome refugees after Lesbos camp blaze
The General Secretary of the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME), Dr Torsten Moritz conveys thoughts and prayers over the recent fire in Greece’s largest migrant camp, in the overcrowded Moria facility on the island of Lesbos. In his message he strongly urges to end the “hot spot approach”, advocating for “Safe Passages” in Europe.

‘I CAN’T BREATHE’ – We can defeat racism, together!

A graffiti tag on a train in Belgium honouring George Floyd

Rev Arlington Trotman, former moderator of CCME and former secretary of the Churches´ Commission for Racial Justice in the UK highlights the significance of racist incidents in the USA for Europe. He underlines the need for churches and societies in Europe to address racism in Europe as well as Europe´s colonial legacy. While Rev Trotman´s article mainly refers to the UK, we hope that it inspires reflection and action across Europe. Please read the article



Urgent appeal for the evacuation of the Greek refugee camps
We urge the immediate evacuation of the refugee camps and hotspots on the Greek islands to avert a catastrophe amidst the coronavirus pandemic. More than 42,000 people are trapped on the islands in hopelessly overcrowded camps and in horrific …Read more

Justice for Roma and Sinti: a challenge for Churches
About 35 people gathered in Budapest, Hungary, from 9-11 March 2020 to reflect on the churches’ history, relationship and interaction with the Roma and Sinti communities. The conference, organised by the Churches’ Commission for…Read more

Churches on EU-Turkey border: Show solidarity, respect rights and human dignity
The Conference of European Churches (CEC) and the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME) have expressed deep concern on rising tensions at the EU-Turkey border. Speaking from Brussels, general secretaries of both European ecumenical organisations voiced alarm over reports of violence against persons trying to cross border between Turkey and EU countries, and those who are assisting them.
“We urge solidarity and respect for human rights and...Read more

Open letter from Churches in Britain to Churches in member states of the European Union
In a joint statement, leaders and representatives of British Church denominations and networks speak together as the UK prepares to leave the European Union on 31 January:
At 11pm GMT on Friday the 31st of January 2020, the United Kingdom will no longer be a member of the European Union. The UK is leaving the EU, but …read more: CZ ; FR ; DE ; IT; ES 

European asylum and migration policy: Exercise solidarity, share responsibility, show leadership
The Conference of European Churches (CEC) and the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME) have urged heads of the European Institutions to exercise solidarity, share responsibility, show leadership in regard to European asylum and migration policy. The two ecumenical organisations have issued a joint letter on 6 December…Read more

Joint letter calling on Nordic and Baltic involvement in European disembarkation and relocation arrangements
Stories and images of people stranded on boats in the Mediterranean have long been covering news outlets. People are stuck on boats for weeks without adequate support such as water, food, and medical care and ultimately risk being denied access to asylum procedures. The ad hoc “boat-by-boat” approach, negotiating disembarkation of…Read more

Letter to EU Ministers of Justice and Home Affairs on safe and regular pathways, search & rescue and fair responsibility sharing
Our organisations represent Churches throughout Europe – Anglican, Orthodox, Protestant and others – as well as specialised ministries of Christian churches working in the humanitarian field and in the field of migration and refugees. As Churches and Christian…Read more

Call to commemorate refugees who lost their lives in the Mediterranean
On the occasion of the World Refugee Day observed on 20 June, the Conference of European Churches together with the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME) has issued a call to churches and parishes across Europe to hold services commemorating “those who have died on their journey to find …Read more. ENGLISH   FRENCH , GERMAN 

Europe: It’s OUR future -Church Action in the 2019 European Parliament Elections
In the run up to the European Parliament elections, to be held from 23 to 26 May 2019, the Conference of European Churches (CEC) and the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME) have developed a tool titled Europe: It’s OUR future – Church Action in the 2019 European Parliament elections to encourage …Read more. DUTCH FRENCH , GERMAN , ITALIAN


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..The Statement is available in CZECHENGLISH, ESTONIAN, FINNISHFRENCH, 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 more

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