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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25 Sep, 2022
Dr Valerie Duval-Poujol, a Baptist theologian, is a board member of CEC. Below, she reflects on how creativity and effort may well be what’s needed to usher CEC into a new era full of challenges—yet carrying great hope as well.
15 May, 2022
In anticipation of the World Refugee Day on 20 June 2022, CEC together with the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe is 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.
25 Jan, 2022
Rev. Christian Krieger, president of CEC made recommendations at the Third Plenary of the Conference on the Future of Europe, highlighting the need to bring the EU closer to the European citizens by inventing new means of democratic debate. He also critiqued European policies on migration that compromise universal human rights.
18 Jan, 2022
The topic “conversion in the asylum procedure, new developments and old challenges” was brought into focus in an online event. The participants reflected on how the conversion to Christianity by asylum seekers in Europe has raised pastoral, theological-missiological, legal, as well as ethical questions and dilemmas for the churches.
4 Nov, 2021
An ecumenical delegation, representing CEC and the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union, met with the Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Janša on Friday 5 November 2021 in Ljubljana, to discuss the implementation of the Slovenian EU Presidency’s priorities.
18 Oct, 2021
The extraordinary General Assembly of the Churches Commission for Migrants in Europe has issued a strong message “Together we can save a million vulnerable humans in Europe again!”
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.