The AMIF Partnership Principle: Recommendations on implementation

In May 2013, some organisations issued a Statement outlining the importance of the mandatory Partnership Principle in the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF). On 16 April 2014, the European Union (EU) adopted Regulation 516/2014 establishing AMIF, worth a total value of over 3.1 billion EUR for the next seven years (2014-2020) and including the
establishment of a...read more 

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I swim, bike, run for fun - Refugees don't
Fotos: Rolf Oeser

IronMan, European Championship, Frankfurt am Sonntag, 6. Juli 2014, dabei ist Pfarrer Thomas W. Stephan, tätig in der Evangelischen Paul-Gerhardt-Gemeinde in Niederrad. „I swim – bike- run for fun" – lautet sein Motto und „Regugees don´t". Den 45 jährigen verbindet damit: Ein langer Spurt zu sich selbst, Engagement für seinen Glauben, Einsatz für Flüchtlinge. Thomas W. Stephan bittet, den IronMan, das Hochleistungsrennen in... Read more

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CCME 19th General Assembly, Sigtuna 25-29 June 2014
Fotos: Emmanuel Kabalisa

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 (German Version, Dutch Version), highlights that this “includes secure and legal access to Europe for those in need of protection”. Read more...

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Ecumenical European meeting in Sigtuna about migration

 

The 19th General Assembly of the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME) will start on 26 June and will be hosted by Sweden. One of the issues that will be discussed is how the churches can influence European countries to take greater responsibility for the refugee crises in our vicinity.

The General Assembly will take place at Sigtunastiftelsen (the Sigtuna Foundation) on 26–28 June and is estimated to attract about 50 delegates from CCME’s member organisations from all over Europe, as well as a few representatives of partner organisations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. On the first day of the General Assembly (26 June) everyone who is interested is welcome to visit Sigtunastiftelsen to attend a conference about the EU’s external borders and...read more

Churches Witnessing With Migrants (CWWM)

The Fifth International Consultation of Churches Witnessing With Migrants (CWWM) convened on 11 May 2014, at the Immanuel Church in Stockholm, on the eve of the 7th Meeting of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD). We were 40 participants from 24 countries representing the three communities that constitute who we are as CWWM: migrants, migrants’ organizations, and church and ecumenical institutions. We met seven months after the High Level Summit on Migration and Development in October 2013 in New York City where we issued the 17-point Advocacy Paper. In Stockholm, we reviewed the…Read moreSpanish Version; French version

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

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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.

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Day of intercession in memory of those who have died at the borders of the EU 2013

Together with Christians in other European countries, in our intercessions on a Sunday around 20 June 2013 we remember in particular migrants and refugees who have died on their way to seek a life of human dignity in Europe. We deplore the lethal consequences of sealing off the external borders of the European Union. This is taking place throughincreasingly sophisticated technical systems of border protection, through...English, German , Spanish

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EU Seasonal Migrant Workers’ Directive: Ensure effective equal treatment

In view of the on-going trialogue on the European Commission’s proposed directive on "conditions of entry and residence of third-country nationals for the purposes of seasonal employment", CCME and a coalition of NGOs active on migration (see logos above) recall the need to guarantee a uniform and extensive sets of labour rights for third-country workers across the EU.

We warmly welcome and strongly support measures under discussion to create clear working and housing standards in seasonal work and reduce exploitation risks, while helping to meet labour…read more

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SYRIA REFUGEE CRISIS – EU SHOULD DO MORE

To date, over 620,000 refugees have fled to neighbouring countries and North Africa to escape the bloody conflict that has so far left at least 60,000 people dead, according to United Nations figures. At least two million others in Syria have been displaced from their homes. Civilians in Syria are bearing the brunt of violations of...read more

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Right to Family Life and Family Reunification

64 NGOs call the EU Member States and the European Commission to safeguard family life of migrants and refugees

On the occasion of the public hearing on family reunification of third country nationals living in the EU, we, the undersigned organisations, call on the European Commission and EU Member States to guarantee the effective right to family life and family reunification for all migrants and beneficiaries of international protection. It is in the interest of Member States to harmonize practices and legislation in the field of family reunification. We remind that Member States have the obligation to properly implement the EU Family Reunification Directive and to remove the many legal and practical obstacles to family reunion that exist today.
While all Member States could improve...read more , FRENCH Version , SPANISH Version

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Right to Family Life and Family Reunification

20 NGOs call the EU Member States and the European Commission to safeguard family life of migrants and refugees
Today, on the International Day of Families, we, the undersigned organisations, call on the European Commission and EU Member States to guarantee the effective right to family life and family reunification for all migrants and beneficiaries of international protection. It is in the interest of Member States to harmonize practices and legislation in the field of family reunification. We remind that Member States have the obligation to properly implement the EU Family Reunification Directive and to remove the many legal and practical obstacles to family reunion that exist today.
While all Member States could improve their family reunification practices...read more

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CCME Executive Committee calls on “EU member states to agree on more ambitious targets”

CCME Press Release 12/05

02.04.12 13:28

Refugee resettlement to the EU:
European churches call for 20.000 places by 2020
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CCME Executive Committee calls on “EU member states to agree on more ambitious targets”
 
CCME moderator Prof Dr Victoria Kamondji said that “the recent adoption of the EU resettlement scheme after such long negotiations is an encouraging sign. The EU member must now use the momentum to increase their efforts in this exercise of global responsibility sharing. Churches and other civil society organisation would stand ready to make their contribution to this.”
 
While the Executive Committee of the Churches´ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME) welcomes recent decisions of the EU Parliament and Council, CCME calls on EU member states to increase.....

 
The full text of the policy paper can be found at: http://www.ccme.be/fileadmin/filer/ccme/20_Areas_of_Work/01_Refugee_Protection/2012-03-30-20_00_places_policy_final.pdf

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OPEN YOUR EYES!

 

PRESS CONFERENCE Brussels 15th March 2012, 11.0012.00

Labour trafficking: European NGO campaign asks EU citizens to “open your eyes !”

Presentation of video spot in four European countries to highlight need for better identification

Tens of thousands persons every year find themselves trafficked into forced labour in Europe, according to estimates in the EU Member States, with exploitation happening mainly in the areas of construction, agriculture or domestic services. Against this background a group of civil society organisations in four European countries will on 15th March launch a series of video spots, asking EU citizens to “open your eyes” and help in identifying trafficked persons. The video spot is part of the MIRROR project. Read more...

 

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