Wednesday 16. January 2019
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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09. January 2019

COMECE Standing Committee calls EU Member States to take their responsibilities towards migrants in distress at sea

Press Release, 09/01/2019

COMECE welcomes the solution reached today among some EU member states, with the intervention of the EU, that have accepted to receive some migrants who were for days stranded at sea, rescued and brought to a Maltese harbour.

03. December 2018

COMECE President's Statement on the UN Global Compact on Migration

Press Release, 03/12/2018

Statement of the President of the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union (COMECE) recalling the support of the Catholic Church to the UN Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.

22. November 2018

COMECE Working Group on Migration: preventive trafficking and protecting refugees

Webnews, 22/11/2018

The COMECE Working Group on Migration and Asylum discussed the current EU challenges in the fight against trafficking in human being and in the protection of refugees.

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