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.
27 Mar, 2014
CCME European Gathering in Frankfurt am Main, 27-28 March 2014: “Recalling the past, meeting the challenges of the future”
In 1964, the World Council of Churches created the then Churches’ Committee on Migrant Workers in Europe, to find churches’ responses to the guest worker programmes in Western Europe at the time. Migration is internationally defined as crossing the borders and living in another country than one’s own for a year, therefore, Beyond Borders seems to be the appropriate title to celebrate the 50th anniversary of CCME.
26 Feb, 2014
Deaths at European external borders can and must be ended, alternatives are available and need to be implemented. This message was highlighted by speakers and participants throughout the conference “Deaths at European Borders – there are alternatives” held in Rome 23-24 February 2015. Politicians and representatives of churches and non-governmental organisations talked about the need for a “toolbox”, because – as Stefan Keßler of the Jesuit Refugee Service Europe highlighted – “not one instrument fits all situations.”
27 Feb, 2008
The Church and Society Commission (now merged with CEC) and the Churches' Commission for Migrants in Europe have responded to the European Commission consultation on modernising social protection for greater social justice and economic cohesion.
15 Feb, 2008
The Church and Society Commission of the Conference of European Churches (now merged with CEC), the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME) and of Eurodiaconia have responded to the Consultation Paper from the Bureau of European Policy Advisers on “Europe’s Social Reality” and the Communication “Towards a new social vision”.