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    As the leading network for diaconal work in Europe, we look to develop dialogue and partnership between members and influence and engage with the wider society.  We do this to enable inclusion, care and empowerment of the most vulnerable and excluded and ensure dignity for all.


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Calendar Thursday, December 18, 2014
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Migration is a global phenomenon that impacts on every part of society. At Eurodiaconia, we focus on migration in terms of the social inclusion of migrants through access to social and health care services.  We have written a policy paper on migration and access to services and a briefing which helps members of Eurodiaconia know how to get involved in our work on migration. We recognise that migration is a wide topic; however we will cover related topics in the Marginalisation and Exclusion Network in particular.

For more information on this topic please contact Catherine at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Eurodiaconia’s new policy paper and briefing on EU free movement out now

18 November 2014

Eurodiaconia has recently finalised a policy paper on “Free movement in the EU: preventing destitution of mobile EU citizens” which is accompanied by a briefing entitled “Free movement in the EU: what rights for EU mobile citizens?” The policy paper gives an overview of Eurodiaconia’s position on the issue of intra-EU mobility and makes recommendations to EU and Member State level decision makers to prevent the growing number of destitute EU mobile citizens. The briefing is aimed at members of Eurodiaconia who would like to gain a better understanding of the rules of free movement, with suggestions on how to use the policy paper internally and in their own national/ local level advocacy.

•  Download the Policy paper here
•  Download the Briefing here

A training event is being organised on 20-21 January for members of Eurodiaconia and CCME on free movement and social rights. For more information on this event see HERE

Eurodiaconia launches 2014 Migration Report

Eurodiaconia launches 2014 Migration Report

We are delighted to present our 2014 Migration report titled, "Access to social and health services for migrants in Europe: overcoming the barriers". This publication was presented to various EU decision makers in a report-launching reception on Thursday November 13th, 2014 at Eurodiaconia's offices. 

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In order to understand some of the major challenges migrants face in accessing their social rights in Europe, Eurodiaconia recently conducted research among its members as diaconal and church-related service providers of social and health services. By conducting in-depth research, Eurodiaconia was able to create this comprehensive document, reporting not only examples our members programmes and services supporting the inclusion and integration of migrants, but also summarising the key challenges these organizations and migrants face daily in accessing social and health services and finally making policy recommendations to overcome these challenges. 

To see the full version of the report, please visit this link. 

Preventing destitution of homeless migrants in Denmark

12 November 2014

This position paper recently published by Eurodiaconia members (Kirken’s Korshaer, member of the Danish Diaconal Council) is aimed at raising awareness about homeless migrants’ (including EU mobile citizens) rights and living conditions in Denmark. The paper presents an overview of the current situation for homeless unregistered migrants in Denmark, an analysis of how current policies and practices impact the group and finally it provides recommendations for future action addressed to decision makers at national and European level.  

Homeless migrants without registration in Denmark are currently not given access to publicly funded shelters) in most Danish municipalities. The state has granted funding for emergency shelters during the coldest winter months through the so-called “Nødherbergspulje”. However this funding is far from sufficient as it doesn’t respond to the urgent need for help and support many homeless migrants face year-round. Due to a change in practice, homeless EU-citizens have been, since 2007, denied access to publicly funded shelters in Denmark.

Kompasset’s users have consistently reported that when they ask for help at the Job Center or Citizens Service centers they are often given incomplete or incorrect information about their rights as EU-citizens in Denmark. Also, when asking for help during the registration process, the information and support were insufficient, leaving users confused and often unable to register without Kompasset’s assistance.

Download the position paper HERE

Contribute to mapping of children and family integration services

10 October 2014

All members are encouraged to respond to this survey if they can

Eurodiaconia is currently carrying out a mapping exercise among its members of integration services for children and families with a migration background. This project combines two top priorities for Eurodiaconia: child poverty and social exclusion as well as migration and is part of the follow up of the 2014 Eurodiaconia Award on the integration of migrants.  We have limited the mapping to projects specifically targeted at children and families with a migration background to limit the scope of the research but also because these children and families are particularly vulnerable to poverty and social exclusion.

The report aims to help us internally to find out which members are working on child poverty and to get a database of contacts within our membership. It is also essential for Eurodiaconia to build up our knowledge base of our members’ projects and services, and a mapping exercise is one way to do this. With good practice examples collected, we can more easily contribute to the EU’s databases of evidence-based practices, including the EPIC website (the European Platform for Investing in Children).
EPIC website (the European Platform for Investing in Children).

With an overview of our members’ work in this area, we also want to understand how members see our diaconal values reflected in their work with children and families, what their challenges are and develop more specific recommendations on running such projects. This information should facilitate networking and inspire mutual learning among Eurodiaconia members.
The Word version of the questionnaire can be requested, please send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  But you also have the option to fill in an online survey: click HERE, please answer in the format you prefer. Please answer as many of the questions as you can.

The deadline to contribute is 8th November. 

Labour mobility within the EU – latest trends revealed

25 September 2014

Today the European Commission released a memo on labour mobility within the EU. The document summarises some of the current trends and answers common questions such as ‘Do mobile workers constitute a burden on host countries' social protection systems?’ and ‘Can EU financial instruments support municipalities faced with a sudden influx of mobile citizens or if migrants are poorer?’
According to the paper, in 2013, slightly over 7 million EU citizens worked and lived in an EU country other than their own. They represented 3.3% of total employment in the EU. Other interesting findings reveal that mobile EU workers are heading more than before towards Germany, Austria, Belgium and the Nordic countries, and less to Spain and Ireland - overall Germany and the UK are the top two destination countries. In terms of age, people moving within the EU remain mostly young, but the share of those aged 15-29 declined (from 48% to 41%). Furthermore mobile EU workers are increasingly highly educated (41% having tertiary education during 2009-13 vs. 27% during 2004-08).

Click here to download the PDF of the memo

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