December 18 2015: International Migrants’ Day

On the occasion of International Migrants’ Day on 18 December, the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME), the Conference of European Churches (CEC), and the World Council of Churches (WCC) appeal to states to ratify the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families. The Convention was adopted 25 years ago today and provides the most comprehensive and coherent international instrument to protect the rights of ....read more

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Nordic churches exchange on refugees and migration

Migration advisors of the Nordic churches (Norway, Denmark, Sweden, and Finland) gathered in Oslo for their annual regional network meeting 29-30 September 2015. They were joined by Doris Peschke, general secretary of the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe, and Father Michel Jalakh, secretary general of the Middle East Council of Churches.
Presentations highlighted that the refugee crisis is primarily a crisis in the....read more

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Refugee and Migrant Crisis: Ecumenical organisations appeal to ministers of Justice and Home Affairs Council

Five of Europe’s ecumenical organisations have called on the ministers of the Justice and Home Affairs Council for a unified, ambitious and rights-based refugee and migration policy. The Conference of European Churches joins with the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME), Eurodiaconia, ACT Alliance EU, and EU-CORD in this appeal. Read more...

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European churches encouraged to work together to address refugee crisis

In the wake of the current refugee crisis, European churches are being encouraged to deepen their efforts in receiving, supporting and protecting refugees who arrive in the region. This call was made in a letter issued jointly by the World Council of Churches (WCC), the Conference of European Churches (CEC) and the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME). Read more...

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Porajmos: Remembering the Roma genocide of World War II

Sunday 2 August is Roma Holocaust Memorial Day, commemorating the genocide of Roma people during World War II. Declared by the European Parliament in 2015, the day marks the anniversary of the extermination of more than 3,000 Roma at Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1944. Read more...

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Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers

The CEC Governing Board has released a public statement on external borders of the EU especially the Mediterranean during its meetings in Strasbourg. The Conference of European Churches (CEC) expresses its deep concern about the repeated loss of life in the Mediterranean. CEC deplores that for over two decades tens of thousands of migrants have drowned in their attempts to reach safety or find a more dignified life in Europe. Please read more....

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Memorial Service for Migrant Victims

The recent tragedies in the Mediterranean with the death of nearly two thousand migrants in the month of April as well as the preventable attacks on migrants in South Africa and inhumane and senseless killings of Ethiopian Orthodox Christians in Libya have drawn renewed attention to the plight of migrants – including refugees, asylum-seekers, migrant workers, victims of trafficking and unaccompanied children – both within and outside the continent as they attempt to...read more....

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Deaths at European Borders – there are alternatives

Deaths at European external borders can and must be ended, alternatives are available and need to be implemented. This message was highlighted by speakers and participants throughout the conference “Deaths at European Borders – there are alternatives” held in Rome 23-24 February 2015. Politicians and representatives of churches and non-governmental organisations talked about the need for a “toolbox”, because – as Stefan Keßler of the Jesuit Refugee Service Europe highlighted – “not one instrument fits all situations.”

“I am proud to be part of a government which initiated the Mare Nostrum Operation to rescue migrants in distress at sea”, Italian Vice Minister for...read more; German Version

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Deaths at European Borders – there are alternatives

Deaths at European external borders can and must be ended, alternatives are available and need to be implemented. This message was highlighted by speakers and participants throughout the conference “Deaths at European Borders – there are alternatives” held in Rome 23-24 February 2015. Politicians and representatives of churches and non-governmental organisations talked about the need for a “toolbox”, because – as Stefan Keßler of the Jesuit Refugee Service Europe highlighted – “not one instrument fits all situations.”

“I am proud to be part of a government which initiated the Mare Nostrum Operation to rescue migrants in distress at sea”, Italian Vice Minister for...read more; German Version

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