Founded in 1964, the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME) is an organisation of churches and ecumenical councils from currently eighteen European countries. The commission’s mandate covers the areas of migration and integration, refugees and asylum, as well as racism and xenophobia. CCME’s work on uprooted people is part of the cooperation with the Conference of European Churches (CEC) and the World Council of Churches (WCC).
promote the vision of an inclusive community through advocating for an adequate policy for migrants, refugees and minority groups at European and national level. In the fulfilment of this mandate it is responding to the message of the Bible which insists on the dignity of every human being and to the understanding of unity as devoid of any distinction between strangers and natives.
Along with the WCC, in early 2016 CCME published the Mapping Migration: Mapping Churches’ Responses in Europe study. Back in 2008, CCME published Theological Reflections on Migration. CCME launched the Migration News Sheet and the independent non-profit Migration Policy Group.
The organisation aims to:
- provide a space for churches and Christian agencies to share their experiences in the ministry among migrants, refugees, and minority ethnic persons;
- maintain regular contact with the European Commission, the European Parliament, and Council of the European Union, monitoring European policy-making in the migration, integration and asylum spheres and presenting the concerns of the churches to the relevant institutions;
- promote the adoption and implementation of international standards such as the European Social Charter, the European Convention on the Protection of the Legal Status of Migrant Workers, and the UN Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families.