• 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.


  • Our goals

    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

    Identity and values, supporting the development of approaches and thinking on Diaconia in Europe today


Calendar Tuesday, October 21, 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

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

Policy paper on intra-EU mobility open for members’ input

2 July 2014

Eurodiaconia has drafted for the first time a position paper on intra-EU mobility. Members who are working with mobile EU citizens and in particular, those experiencing destitution or homelessness are encouraged to give input on the paper. All member primary contact persons will be sent the document by email, but if you would like to be sent a copy to make amendments, please send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Deadline for contributions is 15 September 2014

Eurodiaconia sends letter to Commissioners in response to free movement communication

30 January 2014

Eurodiaconia this week sent a letter to three Commissioners, Cecelia Malmström, Viviane Reding and László Andor in response to recent initiatives on free movement that the Commission has taken, in particular a new Communication on “Free Movement of EU citizens and their families: five actions to make a difference”. In the letter Eurodiaconia stresses the need for member States to take responsibility in upholding the right to free movement but also to ensure cooperation with NGO service providers who already have a lot of expertise and know-how working with mobile EU citizens.

Social benefits and migration

23 January 2014

Yesterday Eurodiaconia attended a book launch of a publication entitled “Social benefits and migration: a contested relationship and policy challenge in the EU” based on research carried out by the Centre for European Policy Studies, and supported by MEP Jean Lambert. The scope of the book covers third country nationals residing legally in the EU as well as EU mobile citizens, asylum seekers and refugees. The book addresses four main arguments

1. Social welfare tourism
2. Mobile EU nationals
3. Welfare magnet hypothesis
4. The financial burden of migrants

The research found that EU migrants apply and receive social assistance far less than third country national (TCNs) and even less than member state nationals. EU nationals moving who are receiving social assistance tend to be long terms residents or pensioners. The report also shows that immigration does not substantially impact wages or employment in the host region and the statistics do not support the welfare magnet hypothesis. The final argument of financial burden is also contested, showing that many migrants are young and therefore working and contributing taxes.

The researchers make several concrete recommendations:
1. Knowledge: the need for a more rational evidence- based debate, better statistics and data, including ACCES to data
2. Implementation and evaluation: better implementation and delivery of rights by Member States
3. Improve administration and accessibility: facilitate information and assistance programmes, access to statistics
4. A common EU approach to TCN social security coordination and social benefits

Mr Jörg tagger from the European Commission stressed that EU mobility is still very low, around 2.8% (14.1 million) and that the main reason for which people move is for work, not for social benefits. He also stressed that since the 1st January there has been no huge flux of EU mobility as was thought.
You can download the publication here for free http://www.ceps.eu/ceps/dld/8399/pdf

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