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.


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.  A video message can be accessed on the following link:   https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/87584620/CCMEgreeting_AW.zip


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 of....read 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 to...read more 


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



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