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:
- Safe Passage
- Refugee Protection
- Anti-Trafficking in Human Beings
- Uniting in Diversity
- Inclusive Communities
- Migration and development
- European Churches responding to migration
For more information and resources on Migration and Asylum, please visit CCME website.
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1 Jul, 2021
The CEC Annual Report 2020 is now available. The report titled Living in Hope in Pandemic Times reviews CEC activities carried out in the tumultuous year of the COVID-19 pandemic.
24 May, 2021
The Conference of European Churches together with the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME) are inviting churches to commemorate the lives of thousands of migrants and refugees, who lost their lives in the Mediterranean, seeking safety on their way to Europe.
11 May, 2021
An ecumenical delegation comprising Rev. Christian Krieger, president of the Conference of European Churches (CEC) and H. Em. Card. Jean-Claude Hollerich SJ, president of the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union (COMECE), met with Augusto Santos Silva, Portuguese Minister of State and Foreign Affairs, on 12 May 2021 in Lisbon, to exchange on the priorities of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
18 Apr, 2021
A coalition of nine Europe-wide Christian organisation including Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME) have published a series of position papers reflecting on the proposals published by the European Commission regarding a European “pact” on asylum and migration.
25 Jan, 2021
In a letter to Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen and Minister for Church Affairs Joy Mogensen, issued on 26 January 2021, the CEC has expressed deep concern regarding the new suggested initiative on compulsory translation of sermons from other languages into Danish.
26 Nov, 2020
In a European Commission’s high-level meeting for Religious Leaders hosted by Vice-President Margaritis Schinas, CEC President Rev. Christian Krieger, among other church leaders, contributed to the discussion on “The European Way of Life”.
26 Oct, 2020
An ecumenical delegation of COMECE, CEC) and EKD had an online meeting with Michael Roth, Minister of State for Europe at the German Federal Foreign Office, to exchange on the priorities of the German Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
25 Oct, 2020
Kirchen-EU-Dialog: Ökumenische Delegation trifft online mit deutscher EU-Ratspräsidentschaft zusammen
Eine ökumenische Delegation der Kommission der Bischofskonferenzen in der Europäischen Union (COMECE), der Konferenz Europäischer Kirchen (KEK) und der Evangelischen Kirche in Deutschland (EKD) traf am Dienstag, 27. Oktober 2020
25 Oct, 2020
Dialogue Eglises-UE : Une délégation œcuménique rencontre la présidence allemande de l’UE par videoconférence
Une délégation œcuménique de la Commission des Episcopats de l'Union européenne (COMECE), de la Conférence des Églises européennes (CEC) et de l'Église évangélique en Allemagne (EKD) a eu une réunion en ligne le mardi 27 octobre 2020
24 Sep, 2020
The advocacy statement of ecumenical organisations responding to the new EU Migrant Pact and the situation of migrants and refugees in Europe was received 25 September in the European Commission