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.
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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...

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

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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/Main, Sunday, 6th July 2014: Rev Thomas W. Stephan, working in the Protestant Paul-Gerhardt-parish in Frankfurt-Niederrad will participate: „I swim-bike-run for fun  – Refugees don´t“ is his slogan. For the 45-year-old man, this is a long run towards himself, to engagement for his faith and support for refugees. ....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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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 more , Spanish VersionFrench 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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