Advocacy statement on the situation of migrants and refugees in Europe
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
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!
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