Ach mijn God,

We zagen ze bij het hek: honderden vluchtelingen.

Ze waren net uit een boot gekomen, nat, hongerig, angstig,

maar vastberaden uit op een nieuwe toekomst - bij ons.

En wij - stopten ze achter een hek, prikkeldraad rondom,

zeiden dat het zo niet ging, dat ze met teveel, dat wij zelf

niet genoeg, dat we natuurlijk zouden doen wat we konden,

maar dat er eerst andere regels moesten komen, rechtvaardige,

maar voor we die hadden stonden er alweer nieuwe mensen,

en alweer…

Oh my God,

We saw them at the gate: hundreds of refugees.

They just came out of a boat, wet, starved, full of fear they were,

but very determined to find a new future – next to us.

And we – we putted them away behind a fence,

barbed wire everywhere, we told them this was not the way,

they were with too many, that we ourselves did not have enough,

that of course we would do whatever we could, but first

we needed some more rules, righteous ones, but before

we had those a new group arrived and again…



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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 ....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.”

“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


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


9 December 2014: 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


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


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.
While more refugees and asylum applicants have come to....read more

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The Den Dolder Recommendations To Protect The Stateless And End Statelessness

Building on the momentum of the World Council of Churches (WCC) 10th Assembly in Busan, Korea, in 2013, the WCC and Kerk in Actie convened a consultation on 12-14 September 2014 in Den Dolder, Netherlands, prior to the Global Forum on Statelessness (15 – 17 September 2014 in The Hague). Participants from different parts of the world came together to contribute towards the churches’ response to protect the stateless and end statelessness. Read more...


CCME 19th General Assembly, Sigtuna 25-29 June 2014

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Final Message of the Assembly: English, German, Dutch

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”. Read more...

The agenda included on 26 June, a public conference "Crossing borders - at what price" . Read more about the event....

A Video for the conference has been recorded.



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



  • Conference: Building Community and Peace - Religious sources of intercultural and interreligious co-operation, Wrocław (Poland), 11–17 June 2015. English - German
  • Day of intercession in memory of those who have lost their lives at the borders of the EU: English, German




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