Safe Passage

In response to the increasing number of refugees churches across Europe, coordinated by CCME, started Safe Passage. Click here for the information leaflet, or read the German leaflet.

In November 2014 Christian organisations published Recommendations for the development of safe and legal paths to protection in the European Union. Read more.


Humanitarian visa within the EU Visa Code

Organizations representing Churches throughout Europe - Anglican, Orthodox, Protestant and Roman Catholic - as well as Christian agencies address a letter to the Members of the European Parliament/LIBE Committee explaining what humanitarian visas are and exploring the experience of states in issuing humanitarian visas and supporting humanitarian visa within the EU Visa Code.


In short videos, Doris Peschke the General Secretary of CCME explains the current refugee crisis and what can be done. The videos were co-produced by WCC, CEC and CCME


Appeal to Informal European Council 23 September 2015

Anglican, Orthodox and Protestant Churches and Christian service, relief and development organizations call on the Informal European Council of 23 September 2015 to commit to a unified, ambitious and rights based refugee and migration policy. Read more...


"I was a stranger and you welcomed me"

The Protestant churches in Sweden and Germany have called on Europe's responsibility for people in need. In their joint statement, Prof. Dr Antje Jackelén, Archbishop of the Church of Sweden and Prof. Dr Heinrich Bedford-Strohm, Chair of the Council of the Protestant Church in Germany (EKD), expressed their concern about political “desolidarization” in the European Union in the current humanitarian….Read more , German Version


Call to the Justice and Home Affairs Council 14-15/09/2015

On behalf of our members, Anglican, Orthodox and Protestant Churches and Christian service, relief and development organizations, and based on our extensive experience of working with people in situations of extreme precariousness and vulnerability we call on you in your discussion at the Informal Justice and Home Affairs Council to commit to a unified, ambitious and rights based refugee and migration policy. Read more...


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). Please read the full text of the WCC-CEC-CCME joint letter on European refugee situation; Please read the French Version

Background and arguments


Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers

The CEC Governing Board has released a public statement on external borders of the EU especially the Mediterranean during its meetings in Strasbourg. 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. Please read more....


Deaths at European Borders – there are alternatives

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.” Click here for the full report.

“I am proud to be part of a government which initiated the Mare Nostrum Operation to rescue migrants in distress at sea”, Italian Vice Minister for...read more; German Version


Recommendations for the Development of Safe and Legal Paths to Protection in the EU

After the tragedies of Lampedusa and Malta in October 2013, the discussion on providing more safe and legal paths for persons in need of protection to enter the European Union has gained a new dynamic. Decision-makers from the entire political spectrum quickly joined Pope Francis and other representatives of religious communities in their call for solidarity with migrants and protection
seekers. Since then, however, the Commission-led ‘Task Force Mediterranean’ has not come up with....read more; Portuguese


Prayer from a detention center for boat refugees

Dear God

Goede God

Today we pray for all the refugees

who are crossing our seas

in order to find a home.

We pray for families

who have left everything

who did everything

who gave everything

in order to find a home


We pray for all the refugees

on their way to and in Europe.

But also for those

who are forced to return

who cannot stay

who are not allowed to stay

even if they live here years and years!

And for those who return

because now it is finally safe

at home.

Dear God be with all refugees

on their ways.

Give them, give us

a warm and courageous heart.

Vandaag bidden we voor alle vluchtelingen

die onze zeeën doorkruisen

in de hoop een thuis te vinden.

We bidden voor de families

die alles achterlieten

die alles deden

die alles gaven

om een huis te vinden


We bidden voor alle vluchtelingen

op weg naar en in Europa.

Maar ook voor hen

die gedwongen terugkeren

die niet kunnen blijven

die niet mogen blijven

zelfs als ze hier al jaren wonen!

En voor hen die terugkeren

omdat het eindelijk veilig is


Goede God, wees met alle vluchtelingen

op hun wegen

geef hen, geef ons

een warm en moedig hart.

Porajmos: Remembering the Roma genocide of World War IIPorajmos: 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. Read more...


Middle Eastern Christians in Europe: Histories, Cultures and Communities

This multilingual publication provides a short overview of the case study communities and is aimed at community members and other actors interested in these topics. The themes covered in this publication are: the origins of Middle Eastern Christianity, Facts and Figures of the communities, community activities, engagement in the countries of residence, connections with the countries of origin, challenging times and contributions and aspirations. You can download the publication in PDF
It was published in the framework of the project DIMECCE "Defining and Identifying Middle Eastern Christian Communities in Europe".


Free Movement and Social Rights for Mobile EU Citizens

Eurodiaconia and CCME (Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe) co-organised a training seminar on “Free movement and social rights for mobile EU citizens” on 20-21 January 2015 in Brussels. This meeting focused on deepening members’ understanding of the legal framework of free movement in the EU and the social rights of EU mobile citizens. The event was aimed at ...read more


Comments by Christian organisations on the European Commission’s Proposal for amendments to the Dublin III Regulations Regarding Unaccompanied Minors

Following the European Commission’s proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and the Council amending Regulation (EU) No. 604/2013 as regards the determination of the Member State responsible for examining the application for international protection of unaccompanied minors with no family member, sibling or relative legally present in a Member State – COM(2014)0382 final, Christian organisations based in Brussels made comments….

EURODIACONIA and CCME Assessment of the Implementation of the NRIS

In 2014 Eurodiaconia and CCME together carried out a joint assessment of the implementation of National Roma Integration Strategies (NRIS) based on feedback from members who are actively working with Roma communities across Europe. Our members’ work includes projects and services with the aim to improve the living conditions, education, employment and health of Roma as well as other activities and advocacy to promote and foster the ...read more


EU Member States must increase pledges to resettle and admit more refugees fleeing Syria

A coalition of NGOs have addressed an open letter to European institutions calling them to increase pledges to resettle and admit more refugees fleeing Syria.
In less than a month from now, the European Union and its Member States have been invited to gather with their international counterparts for a ministerial-level pledging conference on resettlement and other forms of admission for Syrian refugees. The war in Syria has caused over 3 million people to flee from conflict and persecution. All EU Member States must seize this opportunity to...read more


Enhancing volume and impact of refugee resettlement to the EUEnhancing volume and impact of refugee resettlement to the EU

20.000 EU places and policy coherence for resettlement – by 2020!

Refugee resettlement offers long-term protection to the world’s most vulnerable refugees. It is understood as a process by which refugees who fled their country of origin and have found initial, but neither sufficient nor permanent protection in a second country, are resettled to a third country in which they find permanent protection. It is often the only hope for refugees who would be in danger of being sent back to torture and abuse or risk spending the rest of their lives in unbearable ...read more



  • Call to the Informal European Council of 23 September 2015
  • Appeal to ministers of Justice and Home Affairs Council




CCME Picture, 1964