• 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.

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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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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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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.

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.


First European Migration Forum

28 January 2015

Eurodiaconia attended the 1st European Migration Forum, a joint initiative of the European Commission and the European Social and Economic Committee. More than 200 participants took part, most of whom were representatives of NGOs that support migrants in Europe. The objective was to find consensus among civil society on how to achieve a European common migration policy based on migrants' fundamental rights as well as more solidarity among Member States in the treatment of asylum procedures. See the press release here.

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. 

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