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:

For more information and resources on Migration and Asylum, please visit the CCME website.

Related posts

  • 10 Sep, 2015

    Refugee crisis: Ecumenical organisations respond

    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

    Porajmos: Remembering the Roma genocide of World War II

    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

    Churches mourn loss of life on Mediterranean, call for preventative action

    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

    Press Release: Council of Europe Sides with CEC on Human Rights complaint

    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

    CCME 19th General Assembly

    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”.

  • 26 Jun, 2014

    CCME Press Release: Ecumenical European meeting on “Crossing borders – at what price?”

    The 19th General Assembly of the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME) started on 26 June at the Sigtuna Foundation. The Church of Sweden and the Christian Council of Sweden, the two Swedish member organisations in CCME, are hosting the event in Sigtuna. One of the issues discussed on the opening day is how the churches can influence European countries to take greater responsibility for the refugee crises in our vicinity.

  • 6 Jun, 2014

    Press Release: Commemorate Persons who lost their lives on their way to seek safety

    The Assembly of the Conference of European Churches held in Budapest in July 2013 has renewed the call on churches to “to commemorate those who have died on their journey to find a dignified life in Europe through an annual day of prayer.”

  • 27 Mar, 2014

    Europäische Konferenz in Frankfurt/Main 27.-28. März 2014 : „ Die Vergangenheit erinnern, sich zukünftigen Herausforderungen stellen“

    „Die Rolle von Religion in Migration zu verstehen war ebenso wichtig wie das Eintreten für die Rechte von Migranten und Flüchtlingen bei politischen Institutionen“ erklärt Doris Peschke, Generalsekretärin der Kommission der Kirchen für Migranten in Europa (CCME). „Migration hat und wird die kirchliche und religiöse Landschaft in allen Ländern Europas verändert. Die Vielfalt der Konfessionen und Kulturen anzuerkennen, ist Herausforderung und Geschenk zugleich“.