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CCME 50th Anniversary

Recalling the past, meeting the challenges of the future

Message by Anders Wejryd, Archbishop and Primate of the Church of Sweden and Europe President of WCC:

For fifty years CCME has served modern societies and old churches, which both have to face the needs of uprooted people in respect for their individuality and traditions.
Churches are vital for integration and they are among the most efficient tools for integration. We, as church people, can affect the use of this vital and efficient tool. If we are inspired by Jesus, we do see "the Other" and when we see "the Other" we may see Jesus. In times of growing xenophobia the churches have an immense task of underscoring the rights of the individual, who has seen him or her forced to migrate. The churches can also, as no-one else, lift up the values of the new land. My gratitude and well-wishes for the work of CCME when it now will join hands closer with all the work of CEC. A video message can be accessed on the following link:


Press Release: CCME Beyond Borders since 1964Press Release: CCME Beyond Borders since 1964

Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe: Beyond Borders since 1964 European Gathering in Frankfurt am Main, 27-28 March 2014: "Recalling the past, meeting the challenges of the future"

"Understanding the role of religion in migration has been as important as advocating for migrants’ and refugees’ rights with political institutions," explains Doris Peschke, General Secretary of CCME. "Migration has been and is changing the ecclesial and religious landscape in all European countries. Recognising the diversity of denominations and cultures is a challenge, but also a gift." Read more..., German version PDF


Joint Press Release of APRODEV, CCME, CSC of CEC and Eurodiaconia

European Parliament elections: It’s about Europe, it’s about you!

“The elections to the European Parliament are an opportunity to discuss our vision of the Union as a community which promotes a just, participatory and sustainable world in which each person can live in dignity, fulfil his/her potential and live free from poverty,” was the message of the event taking place on 4th March in the European Parliament and sponsored by four ecumenical partner organisations.


Dr Arjan Plaisier, President of the Synod of the Protestant Church in Netherlands visiting the refugee garage in Amsterdam where 8o rejected asylum seekers from 18 different countries are living.


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


The future migration and asylum policy of the EUThe future migration and asylum policy of the EU

Contribution by Christian organisations to the consultation on the Future of Home Affairs Policies: An open and safe Europe – what next?

In 2014, the EU will have the opportunity and face the challenge of designing the future layout of policies in the area of Freedom, Security and Justice, including asylum and migration policies, in the successor of the Stockholm Programme. In this process, the EU will set the agenda for an area more


Statement by the European NGO Platform on EU Asylum and Migration (EPAM) on elements for the future EU Programme on Asylum and Migration

The economic crisis negatively affects the lives of all EU citizens, but especially the lives of migrants and refugees; a loss of jobs and residence status has been accompanied by a rise of racism and xenophobia. Despite EU Member States’ commitment and declarations more 


Call for Justice-Oriented Engagement with Roma People

Meeting in Frankfurt, Germany, 22-24 November, representatives of European member churches of The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME) said more needs to be done to enhance knowledge in both church and society about the culture and history of the minority Roma communities, who suffer discrimination and marginalization across the …read more, German Version.


We know what the next steps are...

Interview with CCME ExCom member Elena Timofticiuc on the 1st EU Forum on Labour Trafficking

From 17th to 19th October 2013, CCME organised the first EU Forum on labour trafficking in Vilnius.

Q: EU Forum on labour trafficking – this sounds very broad, so what was the forum about?

The forum mainly dealt with cases of bigger groups being trafficking for forced labour in countries across Europe. We heard about cases in which bigger groups, sometimes hundreds of persons are more


Developing agreed methodology of identification  and referral for trafficking for labour exploitation: guaranteeing the victims the access to protection

Trafficking in human beings is an ever-increasing phenomenon all around the world. In the last decade, the acknowledgment of trafficking by the international community as a modern form of slavery and as one of the most cruel human rights violations has led to the development of several instruments and measures to combat this crime as well as to provide protection and …read more: English, French, ItalianRomanian, and Spanish.


Enhancing 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 more



A call from Christian organisations in Europe. Clic on the logo to read more...




  • and then you will be citizens of the household of God” (Eph. 2:19). Sinti and Roma Migration and Equal Citizenship in Europe. Consultation of the Lutheran World Federation and CCME - 22-24 November 2013, Frankfurt am Main, Germany - English -German
  • Day of intercession in memory of those who have died at the borders of the EU 2013: English, German , Spanish
  • ACCEPT PLURALISM -Tolerance, Pluralism and Social Cohesion: Responding to the Challenges of the 21st Century in Europe