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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.

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. Read more.

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

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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

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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...

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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".

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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....

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Prayer

O God

O God

To be free You know:
Free to go wherever I want,
To be with family and friends
Whenever we want to be together,
To share our life…
To be free, really free,
O God, that is my dream

But here I am,
In a foreign country,
In a Detention Centre
Not free, no,
Not free at all.
O God, be with me.
Amen

Om vrij te zijn, ik bedoel
vrij om te gaan en te staan waar ik wil,
om bij familie en vrienden te zijn
als we samen willen zijn,
om ons leven te delen…
Om vrij te zijn, echt vrij,
dat is mijn droom.

Maar hier ben ik,
in een vreemd land
in een detentiecentrum
niet vrij, nee
helemaal niet vrij.
O God, wees met mij.
Amen

 

 

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

Background
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

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NewsNews

CCME launched a homepage to remember those who have died at the European borders. Visit migrantsineurope.wordpress.com.

 

 

 

CCME Picture, 1964