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


Prayer from a Detention Center in The Netherlands for February 2015

Gebed voor de wakezondag van 1 februari 2015

Prayer starting from 1st February 2015

Laten we bidden
voor al die mannen, vrouwen en kinderen,
eindeloos lopend door bergen, bossen en woestijnen,
dwars door onherbergzame gebieden,
om in veel te kleine boten te worden gepropt,
verstopt als verstekeling in containers
gevangen achter muren en hekken.
Ze zijn op zoek naar leven,
op een of andere manier, ergens.
Ze zijn op zoek naar toekomst, wat geluk.

Goede God, geef ons moed.
Laat ons hen tegemoetkomen,
met mededogen, in Christus’ naam. 


Let us pray
for all those men, women and children,
endlessly walking through mountains and woods,
through unhospitable countries,
to be put into small boats,
as a stopaway into containers,
detained behind walls and gates –
they are looking for a way to live
somehow, somewhere,
they are looking for a future, some happiness.

 Dear God, give us courage
Let us accommodate them,
with compassion, in name of Christ.


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


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.



A Call for Justice and Dignity for Roma PeopleA Call for Justice and Dignity for Roma People

12 Recommendations to Churches, Church-Related Organizations and Christians in Europe

“And then you will be citizens of the household of God” (Ephesians 2: 19). This was the theme of a meeting in Frankfurt, Germany in November 2013, jointly organized by the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) Europe Desk and the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME), focusing on migration and equal citizenship of Roma in Europe. The consultation concluded with the following recommendations…; Swedish Version; Swedish Version Leaflet


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

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