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Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME)

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 diaconal...read more

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