Migration and Asylum
Violent conflicts have erupted on Europe’s doorsteps in recent years. Refugees find it increasingly difficult to enter Europe and access effective protection. Increasingly high numbers of refugees stranded at European borders underline the need to extend solidarity with those who cannot access European territory.
Through the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe we take initiatives to promote meaningful forms of refugee protection, in particular the resettlement of refugees to Europe. CCME cooperates with European Institutions, Member Churches, organisations and relevant networks to achieve its aims.
Work in this area includes:
- Countering trafficking in human beings as a form of slavery
- Uniting in Diversity: Migration as an opportunity and a challenge for the unity of the Church
- Churches as witness to inclusive communities in Europe
For more information and resources on Migration and Asylum, please visit the CCME website.
20 Jun, 2016
Today, 20 June, is World Refugee Day. The United Nations estimates that every minute 8 people flee from war, persecution, or terror. This day is observed to bring attention to their collective struggle and to address the widespread global displacement of millions of people.
10 Jun, 2016
From 14 to 16 June church representatives from across Europe will gather in the Netherlands to address the challenges relating to refugee arrivals in Europe. Through prayer, discussion, and solidarity visits, participants in the three-day consultation will examine the churches’ response and collaborate on future action.
7 Apr, 2016
All are invited to an online video presentation and discussion about media responses to the ongoing refugee crisis.
22 Mar, 2016
The Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME), Conference of European Churches (CEC) and World Council of Churches (WCC) sent a letter to member churches and partner organizations in Europe urging them to undertake increased advocacy for more refugee resettlement with their national governments and parliaments in the next weeks.
17 Mar, 2016
Refugee crisis continues: Church and Christian organisations call for concerted and ambitious action
Ahead of a meeting of the European Council, five European ecumenical organisations have written to EU political leaders urging action on the refugee and migrant crisis. The Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME), the Conference of European Churches (CEC), Eurodiaconia, EU-CORD, and ACT Alliance EU call on European governments to fulfill their promises and obligations under international law.
25 Feb, 2016
The Greek island of Lesbos is one of the first landing points in Europe for refugees and migrants fleeing conflicts. Persons from non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and churches are the first people to welcome them onshore. One such organization is Agkalia (Embrace), founded by Father Efstratios Dimou, a Greek Orthodox priest. The Council of Europe awarded Agkalia the 2016 Raoul Wallenberg Prize for its work on Lesbos.
26 Jan, 2016
Photo: Sean Hawkey/WCC The World Council of Churches and several United Nations agencies held a high-level conference on the refugee crisis in Europe on 18-19 January in Geneva. The conference saw representation from the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe as well as many from CEC Member Churches and Organisations in Partnership On this occasion the World Council of Churches, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) issued a statement “Europe’s Response to the Refuge Crisis, From Origin to Transit, Reception and Refuge, A Call for Shared Responsibility and Coordinated Action.”
18 Jan, 2016
The Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME) and the World Council of Churches (WCC) have published a revised and updated edition of their joint study, Mapping Migration: Mapping Churches’ Responses in Europe. The 2016 text explores challenges and changes in the European church landscape in light of international migration.
18 Dec, 2015
International Migrants’ Day: 25 Years of the International Convention on the Rights of Migrant Workers and All Members of Their Families
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.
2 Dec, 2015
Today the European Commission convened a Dialogue Seminar focussed on looking beyond the immediate humanitarian crisis provoked by the recent influx of migrants and refugees on European soil. COMECE, CEC, and CCME gathered experts and Church leaders from across Europe to discuss models of integration, best practices, and the fundamental values that guide integration within the European Union.