• Our work

    Eurodiaconia links diaconal actors to examine social needs, develop ideas and influence policies impacting Poverty and Social Exclusion, Social and Health Care Services and the Future of Social Europe.

    Eurodiaconia also provides a platform for transnational networking and best practice sharing.  


  • Our vision

    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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    We aim to see a positive social change in Europe through:

    Praxis, enabling membership engagement and partnerships

    Advocacy, creating a network of competence to impact policies at European and national level

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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.

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New report: "Protecting undocumented children: promising policies and practices from governments"

23 March 2015

In its new report Protecting undocumented children: promising policies and practices from governments’, our partner PICUM gathers together several examples of promising practices by various levels of governments in the areas of education, health care, protection from violence, and non-detention, alongside some available data and relevant policy documents at EU level.

Despite a legal framework establishing that all children must enjoy equal protection regardless of their or their parent’s administrative status, undocumented children are subject to daily and systematic rights violations. Throughout Europe, children are being apprehended, detained and deported, and denied basic services, protection and justice in the name of migration control. Within this general context, the situation is more complex; there are numerous examples of local, regional and national governments developing legislation and implementing measures to meet their legal obligations to children, and policy objectives in relation to education, health, rule of law, justice, development, social inclusion and social cohesion.

By highlighting several promising laws, policies and practice, as well as tools at EU level, this report seeks to disseminate such policies, and support governments, and stakeholders working with them, to enact positive reforms to promote the well-being and development of every child residing in the European Union.

Report released: The Integration of Children and Families with a Migration Background

6 March 2015

In the last quarter of 2014, Eurodiaconia carried out a mapping exercise among its members concerning integration services for migrant children and families. The goal was to get an overview of diaconal projects aimed at integrating children and families who are at risk of social exclusion. The particular emphasis was on vulnerable migrant groups facing prejudice, poverty and restricted access to basic services such as housing, education and healthcare.

Click here to read the full report.

Hundreds of migrants drowned in new Mediterranean boat tragedy

13 February 2015

The United Nations said that at least 300 migrants recently drowned trying to cross the Mediterranean from north Africa. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres condemned the EU's search-and-rescue operation at sea as "inadequate". He declared: "the focus has to be about saving lives. We need a robust search-and-rescue operation in the Central Mediterranean, not only a border patrol." Full article here

Beyond search-and-rescue operations, and as the European Parliament is currently debating new migration regulations, Eurodiaconia's member organisations advocating the respect of migrants' fundamental rights urge the European Union to open legal immigration access and organise fair sharing of responsabilities among the Member States in order to avoid these tragedies.

In the same vein, the European Parliament Group "Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe" issued a press release yesterday arguing that “we need legal and safe routes to access the EU now. We could do this by, for example, issuing humanitarian visas at EU embassies or consular offices in temporary refugee camps around the world, in order to allow for a safe entry into the EU." See press release.

Meeting report: Free movement training January 20-21

9 February 2015

Last month, Eurodiaconia and CCME (Churches Commission of Migrants in Europe) cohosted a training seminar on the concept of freedom of movement for European citizens.  Through the training, several Eurodiaconia members as well as CCME members had the opportunity to listen to and learn from experts from the European Commission, key European migration law professors and immigration lawyers specializing in EU mobile citizens.

These experts explained key concepts within EU law concerning the free movement of persons and the free movement of labour that can help members when working with intra-EU mobile citizens back in their home countries.  A full report of the 2-day training event is now available here and details some of the main points from each of the speakers and highlights key conclusions drawn from the meeting. 

Promoting EU citizens' mobility

28 January 2015

On 27 January 2015 the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the EU, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and the Europeans Throughout The World (ETTW) jointly organised a conference entitled "Basic European Right to Free Movement Under Threat". Despite being the EU's most popular achievement, the right to free movement has faced increasing criticism from within the Union. Three panels at the event sought to clarify the upcoming political agenda, present evidence on the benefits and challenges in relation to free movement within the EU and counter the misperception of migration.


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