• 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 Tuesday, September 23, 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

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

Eurodiaconia responds to consultation on the Future of Home Affairs Policies: An open and safe Europe – what next?

23 January 2014

The Stockholm Programme, which framed Home Affairs policies between 2010 to 2014, will soon come to an end. The European Commission is therefore reassessing the future challenges and priorities to be addressed by these policies in the coming years. The Directorate General for Home Affairs is preparing a communication which will identify the central issues to be addressed. In order to gather the input from stakeholders and citizens and to facilitate the discussion, the Commission initiated a public consultation process. Eurodiaconia together with the Christian Group on Migration and Asylum responded to the consultation and has put together a contribution highlighting our concerns and recommendations in the field of home affairs.

Read the contribution here

New website on EU migration and asylum law

19 December 2013

EuropeanMigrationLaw.eu is a new website designed to give information about the legal and jurisprudential developments taking place at EU level in the field of asylum and migration. Texts such as the Directive on Reception conditions for asylum seekers and the Return Directive can be found on the website.

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