Children and parents in immigration detention

No Child in Detention is a joint publication by a coalition of Amnesty International, Defence for Children, Stichting INLIA, Kerk in Actie, Stichting Kinderpostzegels Nederland, Stichting LOS, UNICEF - the Netherlands and the Dutch Council for Refugees.
The publication gives a voice through stories to children and their parents who are in Dutch cells. The stories reveal how imprisonment affects a child’s fundamental sense of safety.  Read full report




Das Monitoring in der Schweiz und zivilgesellschaftliche Rollenkonflikte

Monitoring of forced removals was undertaken in a pilot project by the Federation of Protestant Churches in Switzerland. Simon Röthlisberger describes the experience. Read More...German Version


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Handbuch christlich-islamischer Dialog

Für alle, die in christlichen und muslimischen Gemeinden oder Einrichtungen, in Schulen oder Kindergärten, in der Verwaltung von Kommunen und Ländern oder in politischen Gremien tätig sind, ist heute die Kenntnis über Grundlagen und Positionen des christlich-islamischen Dialogs unerlässlich. Read more

Grundfreiheiten in Europa erhalten!

Kaum ein anderes Thema beherrscht im Vorfeld der Europawahlen 2014 die öffentliche Dis-kussion so wie die Personenfreizügigkeit innerhalb der Europäischen Union, oftmals beglei-tet von polemischen Tönen, mit denen die Angst vor „Armutseinwanderung" geschürt wur-de. Besonders in Deutschland und Großbritannien war von „Sozialtourismus" im Rahmen der EU-Personenfreizügigkeit die Rede. Der Begriff wurde in Deutschland zum Unwort des Jahres gewählt. Im April 2013 verfassten die Innenminister beider Länder gemeinsam mit Read more...


Prayer for people in need

Prayer for people in need

Gebed voor mensen in nood

Dear God,

There are so many people in need!

Like everyone in this world

refugees are in need of a place to live,

a warm bed, food, clothing, a decent wash…

Dear God, You know that we need all those things,

but most of all we need people who care,

to share our love, our hope and our future.

We need to be needed.

Dear God, You know that we are in need.

Come and give us a hand!


Lieve God,

Er zijn zoveel mensen in nood.

Net als iedereen in deze wereld

hebben vluchtelingen een plaats nodig om te leven,

een warm bed, voedsel, kleren, wasgelegenheid…

Lieve God, U weet dat wij al deze dingen nodig hebben,

maar meer dan wat dan ook mensen die om ons geven,

om onze liefde te delen, onze hoop en onze toekomst.

We hebben het nodig om nodig te zijn.

Lieve God, U weet wat wij nodig hebben.

Kom en reik ons een hand.




20 Years Network for Sanctuary in Germany20 Years Network for Sanctuary in Germany

Die Ökumenische Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaft (BAG) Asyl in der Kirche e.V. wird 20 Jahre alt. Am 13. Februar 1994 wurde die BAG in der Evangelischen Akademie in Mühlheim an der Ruhr ge-gründet. Seit zwei Jahrzehnten ist sie Ansprechpartnerin für Gemeinden und Schutzsuchende aus ganz Deutschland bei Fragen rund um Kirchenasyl, stellt Informationen und more... 


Prayer for justice and peace

Kum ba ya, my Lord, kum ba ya… (gezongen)

Oh Lord

there is so much injustice in our world:

so many poor people are paying the price

for the richness of others,

so many leaders who abuse their power

and do not listen to the cries of their victims.

Be there God, come by …read more


The EEA and Norway Grants

The European Economic Area (EEA) Grants and Norway Grants represent the contribution of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway to reducing economic and social disparities and to strengthening bilateral relations with 16 EU countries in Central and Southern Europe. For further information and application, please follow the link…


Colloque européen «Asile et immigration en Europe: responsabilités et engagement»

Alors que la migration a toujours fait partie de la vie, elle fait pourtant surgir, malgré le contexte mondialisé d’aujourd’hui, des préoccupations d’ordre économique, politique et culturel.

Ce colloque s’appuie sur l’expérience d’associations ou d’Églises protestantes en Europe…lire tout le document en PDF


New report – Strong reasons for not deporting Roma to Kosovo

Today the Church of Sweden is publishing a report on the situation for Roma in Kosovo with a special focus on the situation for those whose applications for asylum within the EU have been rejected and who have been deported from Sweden and other countries. The report is aimed at the politicians and migration authorities responsible, both in Sweden and in the rest of the more

Full report... 


Lampedusa: Más acciones y menos lamentos

El hundimiento de un barco con 500 pasajeros ha conmocionado a Europa, 200 muertos y cerca de 150 desaparecidos, muchos de ellos niños y mujeres embarazadas, ha hecho clamar por un cambio en la legislación europea. También se ha señalado la legislación italiana que penaliza y read more...


Geschapen naar Gods beeld behandeld als slaaf…

Op zaterdag 1 juni 2013 organiseert de
Stichting Religieuzen Tegen Vrouwenhandelin samenwerking metKerk in ActieenSKINeen studiedag in Utrecht over mensenhandel.
Deze bijeenkomst is gericht op iedereen die als vrijwilliger of in het werk in aanraking kan komen met mogelijke slachtoffers van mensenhandel. Ook andere...


Islamic Spiritual Care in Conversation

Campaign on asylum seeking children

Dutch immigration minister Leers responds to Kerk in Actie (Protestant Church Netherlands, Dutch CCME member) regarding postcard campaign on asylum seeking children - Kerk in Actie: concerns remain!

For detailed information, please follow the link:


Porvoo Consultation on Diaspora and Migration 2012

22 members of the Churches in the Porvoo Communion and observers met in Uppsala, Sweden from 21 to 24 March 2012 to consider issues relating to diaspora and migration.
In section b (iv) of the Porvoo Common Statement, members commit themselves “to welcome diaspora congregations into the life of the indigenous church for mutual enrichment.”  The original reference was perhaps only related to branches of one Porvoo church located in another Porvoo country, but in the light of increasing migration into northwest Europe and consequent ethnic diversity both in the indigenous churches and in what had been described as “diaspora congregations”, it was appropriate to consider this principle in a changing context.
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International Day Against Racism

A Roma Rap

...produced in the Netherlands for the International Day Against Racism, 21 March 2012


Ecumenical Refugee Program - Church of Greece

Subject: Major concerns of the EPR legal service relating to the implementation of Asylum Transitory Regime in Greece.

The Ecumenical Refugee Program (ERP), is a special service of the Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church of Greece that provides assistance to refugees and asylum seekers. The program runs different projects that have been financed by various sources, including UNHRC, The European Commission, the European Refugee Fund (during the last 6 years until today) etc. The ERP primarily provides legal assistance and representation to asylum seekers and refugees and is one of the main Organizations in this field in Athens, namely an area that receives the largest numbers of aliens in need of International Protection. Since March 2011, ERP is an implementing partner of UNHRC within the Asylum Reform Project, for legal assistance and representation to asylum seekers and refugees in Greece...


Stateless Driven to Despair

Here is a film about the causes of the statelessness among the Roma in the Netherlands and especially the consequences thereof now and in the future of their children. How did things ever get to this stage, with people becoming stateless, and how does this affect children’s rights? Based on two Roma families, the Roma self-organisation Triana and Defence for children, the pressing situation of almost 1000 Roma families in the Netherlands that are trying to survive becomes painfully clear. Since they do not know their nationality, they usually have no right to housing and social security benefits, they are not allowed to work and cannot take out a health insurance.

The film was financially supported by:
• Stichting Democratie en Media
• Gemeente Utrecht
• Stichting Steunfonds Juventute
• KerkinActie

Click on the picture to watch the movie...

For more info in Dutch, click Roma: stateloos maakt radeloos



Statement from the Conference on Persons converted from Islam to Christianity in Asylum Procedures

Asylum policy in the Netherlands regarding the persecution of Christians, distinguishes two problematic aspects that deserve the particular attention of the church. First of all, the failure to appreciate the many problems with which especially converts have to face in their countries of origin. Secondly, the judgement whether an asylum seeker is really a (converted) Christian, is – in practice – essentially made arbitrarily.

For detailed information, please read the Statement from the conference in Utrecht on persons converted from Islam to Christianity in asylum procedures. More information on the conference and presentations in English can be found on:



Inventing a Policy of Hospitality

A few months from the electoral deadlines, Cimade initiates a campaign where it presents 40 proposals for a policy of hospitality. Cimade decided to put forward 6 of these proposals, baptized “lever proposals”. These proposals illustrate the possibility for a government decided to transform immediately and deeply the French migration policy.
These proposals can be easily implemented and have an immediate and durable impact on the daily life of migrants and asylum-seekers. To read more please follow this link... For the full text, please download the brochure (in French)

For detailed information, please visit the website of Cimade with the following link: