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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 diaconal...read more

Ending discrimination, working for reconciliation: Statement for International Roma Day
Saturday, 8 April marks International Roma Day, established to recognise and honour Romani people and celebrate their culture. In Europe this year, the day follows an EU Roma week with events organised in the European Parliament in Brussels and across Europe to raise awareness about their struggle for justice and...read more

29th International Seminar on Intercultural Pastoral Care and Counselling
When Martin Luther 500 years ago in the small university town of Wittenberg fought against religious paternalism, dependency and exploitation, he put a reformatory movement in transition. He stood up for personal self-determination in a trusting relationship to God. In his theological reflection, the freedom of humans and of service to others belonged together.
With this International Seminar in Wittenberg we would like to join the renewed impetus of the Reformation and ask what...read more

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

Refugees and Communication Rights in Europe

New project to assess media portrayal of refugees in Europe and promote their rights to speak on their own behalf

As increasing numbers of people are seeking refuge in Europe, a new project aims to promote the rights of refugees to speak on their own behalf, to assess their portrayal in the media and uphold good journalistic practices, and to raise the visibility of refugee voices and networks. Launched on 1 December by the World Association for Christian Communication – Europe (WACC Europe) and the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME), the project will:…Read more