Churches stand with refugees as world leaders meet at UN summit

Today, 19 September, the UN General Assembly is hosting a historic high-level summit addressing the large movement of refugees and migrants at its headquarters in New York (USA). Here heads of states from all regions of the world, as well as international observers will work toward a more coordinated approach to growing worldwide refugee crises. Read more...

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ACT Alliance, WCC, CCME and CWWM Statement on the UN Summit on Refugees and Migrants

The ACT Alliance , World Council of Churches (WCC) , Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME) , and Churches Witnessing With Migrants (CWWM)  welcome the initiative of the United Nations Secretary General to convene on the 19th of September a summit for addressing large movements of refugees and migrants. There is hope among global civil society that it will provide an opportunity to kick-start a process towards real and substantive improvements in government responses to the situation of refugees, migrants, and the world’s displaced. The Summit on the Global Refugee Crisis...read more

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Porajmos: Remembering Roma lives lost during World War II

Today, 2 August, marks Roma Holocaust Memorial Day, commemorating the extermination of more than 3,000 Roma children, men, and women at Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1944. On this day the Conference of European Churches (CEC) and the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME) recall this event, honour the memory of those who died, and encourage all to work for reconciliation with the 10 to 12 million Roma people living in Europe. Read more...

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Reject dangerous migration response plan

The European Union is set to open a dark chapter in its history unless it rejects the European Commission’s proposal on migration, a coalition of more than 100 NGOs warned on Monday. Shifting towards a foreign policy that serves the single objective of curbing migration, the EU and its member states risk further undermining  their credibility and authority in the defence of human rights, the organizations say. They call on European leaders to reject the Commission proposal that would ...read more

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World Refugee Day: “Have No Fear” – Churches call for intensified efforts

Today, 20 June, is World Refugee Day. The United Nations estimates that every minute 8 people flee from war, persecution, or terror. This day is observed to bring attention to their collective struggle and to address the widespread global displacement of millions of people....read more; German Version

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Refugee Crisis: Church and Christian organisations call for concerted and ambitious action

Ahead of a meeting of the European Council, five European ecumenical organisations have written to EU political leaders urging action on the refugee and migrant crisis. The Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME), the Conference of European Churches (CEC), Eurodiaconia, EU-CORD, and ACT Alliance EU call on European governments to fulfil their promises and obligations under international law. The letter calls on the EU to increase civilian search and rescue efforts in the...read more

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Mapping Migration: New publication from CCME and WCC

The Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME) and the World Council of Churches (WCC) have published a revised and updated edition of their joint study, Mapping Migration: Mapping Churches’ Responses in Europe. The 2016 text explores challenges and changes in the European church landscape in light of international migration.
The comprehensive study—prepared by missiologist Rev. Dr Darrell Jackson and sociologist  Dr Alessia Passarelli—combines theological interpretation, sociological accounts, and the voices of migrants themselves. Mapping Migration is....read more

December 18 2015: International Migrants’ Day

On the occasion of International Migrants’ Day on 18 December, the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME), the Conference of European Churches (CEC), and the World Council of Churches (WCC) appeal to states to ratify the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families. The Convention was adopted 25 years ago today and provides the most comprehensive and coherent international instrument to protect the rights of ....read more

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A Europe of peace and hospitality

The Governing Board of the Conference of European Churches met from 25 to 27 November in Holy Etchmiadzin (Armenia) for its second regular meeting of 2015. The meeting was hosted by the Armenian Apostolic Church. The board was deeply moved by the fate of the Armenian people, who this year commemorate the centennial of the Armenian genocide. It was in this context that the Governing Board of the Conference noted with deep concern the growing refugee crisis and the...read more

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Nordic churches exchange on refugees and migration

Migration advisors of the Nordic churches (Norway, Denmark, Sweden, and Finland) gathered in Oslo for their annual regional network meeting 29-30 September 2015. They were joined by Doris Peschke, general secretary of the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe, and Father Michel Jalakh, secretary general of the Middle East Council of Churches.
Presentations highlighted that the refugee crisis is primarily a crisis in the....read more

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Refugee and Migrant Crisis: Ecumenical organisations appeal to ministers of Justice and Home Affairs Council

Five of Europe’s ecumenical organisations have called on the ministers of the Justice and Home Affairs Council for a unified, ambitious and rights-based refugee and migration policy. The Conference of European Churches joins with the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME), Eurodiaconia, ACT Alliance EU, and EU-CORD in this appeal. Read more...

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European churches encouraged to work together to address refugee crisis

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). Read more...

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Porajmos: 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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Memorial Service for Migrant Victims

The recent tragedies in the Mediterranean with the death of nearly two thousand migrants in the month of April as well as the preventable attacks on migrants in South Africa and inhumane and senseless killings of Ethiopian Orthodox Christians in Libya have drawn renewed attention to the plight of migrants – including refugees, asylum-seekers, migrant workers, victims of trafficking and unaccompanied children – both within and outside the continent as they attempt to...read more....

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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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