• 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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Calendar Sunday, May 24, 2015
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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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Eurodiaconia Messages to Heads of State - Migration: EU must open its eyes and act now

22 April 2015

Eurodiaconia has sent messages to heads of state and government on the eve of the extraordinary European Council meeting to address the unacceptable humanitarian disasters taking place repeatedly in the Mediterranean. The letter is calling on them to practically address this tragic situation by:

· organising legal ways of immigration,
· securing immigration routes,
· sharing responsibility of treatment of asylum procedures among all EU Member States,
· supporting social NGOs assisting and integrating EU migrants.

You can read the letter here.

Read the press release here.

Read the reply from DG HOME, in the name of the President of the European Commission Mr Junker, here.

EU court fine tunes migrant welfare rights

31 March 2015

EU nationals who move to another member state to look for a job are not entitled to social benefits, but they cannot automatically be denied them if they have already worked in the country, an advisor to the EU’s top court said on Thursday (26 March).


Eurodiaconia participates in Churches' Refugee Network conference in London

27 March 2015

Last week, Eurodiaconia had the privilege of presenting our 2014 Migration report, Access to social and health services for migrants in Europe: overcoming the barriers", at the Churches’ Refugee Network (CRN) Annual Conference in London. The Churches’ Refugee network is a network of Christian actors in the UK that aim to provide a collective, ecumenical voice on issues of asylum and immigration. Eurodiaconia’s member, the Free Churches Group, is a part of the CRN and seeing the relevance of our 2014 migration report to this conference, they extended an invitation to Eurodiaconia to participate in this conference.

At the event, participants were able to hear from Dr. Alexander Betts, Director of the Refugee Studies Centre at Oxford University. Dr. Betts explained that today is an extremely challenging time in terms of migration for our entire world because of the large humanitarian crises occurring simultaneously in four different places globally: Syria, Ukraine, South Sudan and the Central African Republic. Dr. Betts also emphasized that the 1951 Refugee Convention may not be a broad enough legal framework to correctly protect all of the refugees and asylum seekers our world is now dealing with. He emphasized this point by explaining how some nations around the world, despite their individual ratification of the 1951 convention, have essentially “shut their borders” and rejected the claims of asylum-seekers, no matter how much evidence they have of persecution in their origin country.

Furthermore, Dr. Betts highlighted that the acceptance of refugees can be viewed as a way to help develop a host society, and not just categorized as an economic burden. For example, from research Dr. Betts has done in Uganda, he found that the refugees there who have been given the right to work and the freedom of movement, help strengthen and develop the economy of Uganda by creating jobs, investing in local communities and becoming truly integral parts of society. He explained, “Refugees when given the opportunity, will contribute positively to a society and integrate into the community”.

Overall, Eurodiaconia was able to listen to Dr. Betts, and many other important speakers who highlighted their individual experiences working to protect the human rights of refugees and asylum seekers. During the workshop Eurodiaconia hosted, where the 2014 Eurodiaconia migration report was presented, Eurodiaconia was able to present a comprehensive viewpoint of the challenges migrants face in accessing social and healthcare services all throughout Europe. This “big picture” concept served as a great starting point for discussion and debate on some of the challenges and needed solutions for assisting refugees and asylum seekers in the UK in accessing social and healthcare services. 

Following this conference, CRN issued a position statement that you can read here.

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.

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