CCME Work Priorities 2015-2017

Adopted by the CCME General Assembly,
Sigtuna (Sweden), June 2014:

  • Europe’s role in refugee protection in the 21st century
    Defending asylum—including complementary protection; additional forms of refugee protection; including resettlement of refugees to Europe; revising the tools for protection—e.g. for environmental refugees, internal displacement.


  • Human dignity in the process of labour migration
    A uniform set of rights for all migrants; ratification of all binding legal instruments Europe-wide and globally; advocating for the right to family life as sine qua non of integration, monitoring expulsion, detention and removal of migrants, particularly in cases involving children.


  • Countering contemporary forms of slavery, in particular trafficking in human beings
    Trafficking in women; trafficking for forced labour; promoting a right-based approach to trafficking.


  • Uniting in Diversity: migration as an opportunity and challenge for the unity of the church
    Being Church Together; integration and the role of religion; theological reflection on migration.


  • Churches as witness to inclusive communities in Europe
    Anti-discrimination legislation: monitoring and promotion in churches; inclusion of ethnically discriminated groups within church and society; Churches addressing racism.


  • Migration and development
    Monitoring policy development at European level; cooperation with other regions; networking with churches’ development agencies and identifying relevant projects.


  • (Beyond) Borders
    Monitoring Southern Border; Promote policies of safe access; Continue to hold an annual Day of Remembrance for those who have died at Europe’s borders.

For detailed information, please consult the CCME Work Programme 2015-2017



How we are workingHow we are working

All potential activities of CCME will need to be evaluated against their potential:

  • to make a specific contribution of churches to a wider debate and serve the churches’ witness in the area of migration on a global level
  • to be complementary to or to have specific added value in relation to activities of other actors and to achieve synergy with them
  • to give a voice to the voiceless
  • to have a clear impact among churches or
  • to have an impact in voicing the churches’ concerns towards policies on the national level
  • to provide specific added value by addressing an issue on a European level


Elements of PLANNING:

  1. A thorough needs assessment
  2. Reflection on possible alternatives (e.g. other actors addressing issue, other working method)
  3. Initial reflection on methodology and strategy of activity
  4. Prior assessment of potential impact, in particular of the potential added value for member organisations of addressing a particular topic on European level and in the context of CCME of CEC
  5. Reflection on how CCME of CEC activities would link to similar activities undertaken by other actors in the same thematic area
  6. Potential impact on CCME-CEC advocacy work for refugees, migrants and minority ethnic people
  7. Thematic and financial support, in particular among members and strategic partners
  8. Support for project methodology among members
  9. Adequate methods of impact assessment and evaluation will be developed


The CCME WORKING MECHANISMS are derived from the main mandate of the CCME:

I.) serve the churches in their commitment to promote the vision of an inclusive community through advocating for an adequate policy for migrants, refugees and minority groups at European and national level. In the fulfilment of this mandate it is responding to the message of the Bible which insists on the dignity of every human being and to the understanding of unity as devoid of any distinction between strangers and natives.

  • Plenary meeting of the Commission every two years
  • Communication with CCME and CEC members
  • working groups and ad hoc task forces
  • trainings
  • visits
  • etc.

 II.) work on issues of migration and integration, asylum and refugees, and against racism and discrimination, undertake research, initiate, develop and implement projects in these fields:

  • networking with Christian and non-governmental organisations
  • partnerships with academia (theological faculties, migration researchers)
  • thematic public hearings
  • international conferences
  • mid- term and long-term projects


III.) represent the common voice of the churches in Europe on the above issues towards the European institutions and international organisations active in Europe:

  • European Union
  • Council of Europe
  • Global Forum on Migration and Development
  • IOM

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