Monday, October 31, 2016

EU, Christian leaders hold dialogue on migration

Representatives from the EU’s executive body conducted a dialogue seminar on migration with representatives of the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community (COMECE) and the ecumenical Conference of European Churches (CEC).

The participants gathered in Brussels on October 24 to discuss “migration: mapping and addressing fear.”

“Mass migration prompted by global conflict and ecological crises has stirred up unresolved fears in European societies,” COMECE and the CEC said in a joint press release following the meeting, adding:
The first [fear] is the fear of rejection, violence, and exclusion many migrants and refugees face both on their way to Europe and following their arrival. The other is the fear known by many in Europe who feel their values and way of life is under threat by the arrival of these migrants and refugees.

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