Sunday 28. November 2021
Migration & Asylum

Migration and asylum are human rights issues. Frequently, individuals and families leave their places of origin or residence seeking an improvement in their living conditions or simply fleeing violence or war. The current scale of the phenomenon at the EU borders is worrying, as are the tragedies and deaths that result from the desperation of migrants, many of them victims of criminal activities of smugglers and traffickers. Integration of migrants and asylum seekers is also a challenge. The COMECE Secretariat works for the rights of migrants, refugees and hosting societies to be harmonised and respected in the EU for the sake of the common good in the Christian spirit of welcoming the stranger. COMECE is assisted in this mission by a Working Group on Migration and Asylum.

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11. November 2021

COMECE on the humanitarian crisis at the Polish-Belarusian border: “Migrants and asylum seekers deserve full respect of their dignity and fundamental rights”

Press Release, 11/11/2021

In the context of the alarming humanitarian situation at the Polish-Belarusian border, COMECE releases a statement urging the EU and its Member States to express practical solidarity with migrants and asylum seekers. Cardinal Hollerich: “Every human being must be treated in a humane way. Migrants and asylum seekers deserve full respect of their dignity and fundamental rights, no matter their legal status.”

08. October 2021

Card. Hollerich on migration: “Being European also means to put solidarity in practice”

Press Release, 08/10/2021

Following the letter addressed to the European Commission by  the Ministers of 12 EU Member States on the recent developments at the external borders of the European Union, I would like to express my concern about the situation of migrants and asylum seekers in vulnerable situation whose human dignity and fundamental rights should be uphold. Their right to seek asylum should be protected and states should respect the principle of non-refoulement of people at risk in their home country.

02. September 2021

European Churches urge EU to protect the vulnerable in Afghanistan

Press Release, 02/09/2021

Conveying solidarity with people in Afghanistan, Rev. Christian Krieger and H. Em. Card. Jean-Claude Hollerich SJ, presidents of CEC and COMECE, issued a joint statement on Thursday, 2 September, urging the European decision makers to show humanity and act with determination in addressing the human tragedy currently unfolding in the country.

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José-Luis Bazán

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