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.
2 Oct, 2015
The following is a joint statement of Rt Rev. Christopher Hill KCVO, DD, President of the Conference of European Churches (CEC), and Cardinal Reinhard Marx, President of the Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of the European Community (COMECE).
18 Sep, 2015
The presidents of the Conference of European Churches (CEC) and the Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of the European Community (COMECE) met in Munich on 18 September to discuss issues of deep concern to the churches of Europe as ongoing crises continue to dominate the news and preoccupy politicians and citizens.
11 Sep, 2015
Refugee and Migrant Crisis: Ecumenical organisations appeal to ministers of EU Justice and Home Affairs Council
Five of Europe’s ecumenical organisations have called on the ministers of the EU Justice and Home Affairs Council for a unified, ambitious and rights-based refugee and migration policy. The Conference of European Churches joins with the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME), Eurodiaconia, ACT Alliance EU, and EU-CORD in this appeal.
10 Sep, 2015
In the wake of the current refugee crisis, European churches are being encouraged to deepen their efforts in receiving, supporting and protecting refugees who arrive in the region. This call was made in a letter issued jointly by the World Council of Churches (WCC), the Conference of European Churches (CEC) and the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME).
2 Aug, 2015
Sunday 2 August is Roma Holocaust Memorial Day, commemorating the genocide of Roma people during World War II. Declared by the European Parliament in 2015, the day marks the anniversary of the extermination of more than 3,000 Roma at Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1944.
3 Jun, 2015
Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers: Statement on external borders of the EU especially the Mediterranean
The Conference of European Churches (CEC) expresses its deep concern about the repeated loss of life in the Mediterranean. CEC deplores that for over two decades tens of thousands of migrants have drowned in their attempts to reach safety or find a more dignified life in Europe.
20 Apr, 2015
Together the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME), the Conference of European Churches, and the World Council of Churches grieve the drowning of hundreds of migrants in the Mediterranean. As many as 700 people are feared dead following the capsizing of their vessel just outside Libyan waters. Rescue efforts are underway and so far 28 survivors have been found.
10 Nov, 2014
The European Committee of Social Rights has delivered a decision in favour of the Conference of European Churches in its complaint against the Netherlands. In early 2013, CEC asked the Committee to find that the right of undocumented adult migrants to food, clothing, and shelter has not been respected, in violation of the European Social Charter.
2 Oct, 2014
CCME Press Release: Remembering persons who have lost their lives calls for a commitment to prevent such catastrophes
One year after the tragedy off the shores of Lampedusa, persons across Europe remember the persons who have lost their lives in this and many other incidents in the Mediterranean Sea. The Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe takes this opportunity to call on churches, governments, European institutions and people across Europe for a commitment to prevent such catastrophes.
29 Jun, 2014
The 19th General Assembly of the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe ended on Sunday 29th June. In their final message, delegates from across Europe called for “a change of attitudes regarding migration in accordance with European values.” The message highlights that this “includes secure and legal access to Europe for those in need of protection”.