Monday 6. December 2021
Demand for Positive and Coherent Stance on Migration at Tampere

Churches appeal to the European Council of Tampere

Press Release - 24 September

The Commission of Bishops' Conferences of the European Community - COMECE - has expressed serious concerns about the agenda of the special European Council at Tampere on 15-16 October. As the Tampere summit draws near, the COMECE Working Group on Migration today issued an appeal to the European Council, calling for clear and strong political guidelines to be produced. COMECE fears that the Member States will fail to develop a coherent policy approach to migration at Tampere, giving greater weight to other policy areas instead. The Secretariat points out that migration into the European Union has become an inevitable reality. It welcomes and encourages the integrated policy approach to migration upon which the Council is beginning to agree. However, efforts to address root-causes are no substitute for providing full access to asylum procedures beyond the region of origin. The statement urges that immigration should be perceived in a more positive light. Beyond being a mere fact and a demographic necessity, it is also a cultural, social and economic enrichment for society. A positive perception of immigration could help in fighting racism and xenophobia. COMECE recalls the global responsibility of all Europeans and Christians to seek concrete measures of solidarity with the most threatened and vulnerable. The EU as an area of freedom, security and justice must be based on common and coherent grounds which respect the human dignity and fundamental rights of each person. COMECE pays tribute to all those active in welcoming refugees and migrants and helping them to integrate into our society.

COMECE is a commission of the Catholic Bishops' Conferences of the member states of the European Union. The Bishops' Conferences of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Switzerland are associate members. Contact: John Coughlan COMECE Press Officer Tel. +32 2 235 0515 or + 32 486 583250
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