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Caritas on 'bitter 1st anniversary' of EU-Turkey deal
Caritas on 'bitter 1st anniversary' of EU-Turkey deal

Caritas Europa says the organisation finds it shameful that last year's EU-Turkey deal has left thousands of people stranded in inhumane and degrading conditions in Greece, inevitably resulting in others taking more dangerous routes to seek protection in the EU. "The EU cannot continue externalising the management of migration. Focusing on internal security and deterrence is not the solution. We need a paradigm shift and must stop criminalising migration.

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Caritas appeals for convention against trafficking to be ratified
Caritas appeals for convention against trafficking to be ratified

On the occasion of the International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking, 8 February, Caritas Europa casts the spotlight on the global tragedy of trafficking in human beings. This scourge affects millions people in the world and generates billions of euros for criminal groups. "I was 12 when a friend of the family visited my parents. She said that she knew people in Paris who were about to be parents and they were looking for a teenager who could take care of the baby. They promised that I will be paid and receive an education. I felt I was dreaming.

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Caritas Europa: Lone child migrants need all of our support!
Caritas Europa: Lone child migrants need all of our support!

On the occasion of the annual World Day of Migrants and Refugees, Caritas Europa joins Pope Francis in calling everyone to pay attention to the reality of child migrants, "especially the ones who are alone... who in a threefold way are defenceless: they are children, they are foreigners, and they have no means to protect themselves". We urge European Member States to fully comply with the best interests of the child when responding to cases of unaccompanied children seeking protection. "Our older brother was kidnapped by ISIS and we have no news from him.

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Caritas says: 'Migrants make Europe stronger!'
Caritas says: 'Migrants make Europe stronger!'

Caritas Europa issues a new publication on 7 December entitled: 'Welcome - Migrants make Europe stronger' and casts the spotlight on 'barriers' that prevent millions of migrants from becoming full-fledged members of the European societies in which they live. These barriers are robbing migrants of their dignity and Europe of their potential contributions to further boost Europe's social, cultural and economic score. "Here it seems that documents/papers are more important than people. Without them I am not a human being. I work hard, my employer blackmails me,

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Caritas urges EU to rethink refugee deal with Turkey
Caritas urges EU to rethink refugee deal with Turkey

Caritas Europa urges leaders gathering at the European Council meeting of 28-29 June to rethink the EU-Turkey agreement. The ongoing migration and asylum situation is revealing an emerging threat to European values. Today, Caritas Europa issued a new position paper on the agreement in which it expresses its belief "in the capacity of Europe to solve this situation if it stands together, bases long-term solutions on solidarity, and guarantees the respect of migrants' fundamental rights"... "My parents, two sisters and I fled Syria to go to

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Caritas on refugee situation - its all about European core values!
Caritas on refugee situation - its all about European core values!

On the occasion of the World Refugee Day, Caritas Europa reminded the European Union and its Member States that there are solutions to Europe's current solidarity crisis. There is no need to put the lives of migrants and refugees at risk and to unnecessarily prolong their suffering. Caritas continues to believe that Europe's founding values of dignity, equality and respect for human rights are not just hollow words, but make more sense now than ever. "Our older brother was kidnapped by ISIS and we have no news from him.

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 Caritas Europa: Pope Francis' dream of Europe can be a reality!
Caritas Europa: Pope Francis' dream of Europe can be a reality!

In the light of Pope Francis' dream of Europe, the Caritas Europa Regional Conference 2016 calls on European leaders to join forces with people, civil society organisations and churches to build an inclusive and outward looking Europe. Europe is increasingly challenged by rising poverty, social injustice, conflicts, xenophobia and nationalism. Caritas Europa urges European governments to strengthen the role of the Council of Europe in ensuring that social rights are respected, including the right to be protected against poverty and social exclusion (art. 30,

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Caritas urges EU to let immigrants bring families
Caritas urges EU to let immigrants bring families
Caritas Europa has written an open letter requesting that the European Union allow migrant workers to bring their families with them. At a meeting of Caritas' executive board in Brussels last week, they urged confederation ‘to guarantee respect for the right to family life for non-EU nationals and their families living in the EU’.
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Three top Catholic charities meet to set agenda
Three top Catholic charities meet to set agenda
The heads of three top Catholic charities held their first yearly meeting to speak about common views on urgent global issues. Caritas Internationalis, Caritas Europa and Coopération Internationale pour le Développement et la Solidarité (International Cooperation for Development and Solidarity, or CIDSE) also met to strengthen ties in what they hoped was the
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Caritas Europa remembers Hermann Icking
Caritas Europa remembers Hermann Icking
Caritas Europa is paying tribute to its former secretary general Hermann Icking, who died this month, ten years ago. Mr Icking, who helped expand Caritas in eastern Europe, was only 52 when he died of cancer on 10 February 2002.  He had been working for six years as secretary general for Caritas Europa.  “Despite the tragedy, we experienced a lot of grace as a family during his
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 More human trafficking in UK
More human trafficking in UK
London could be now the new home for human traffickers with the Olympics less than five months away.   The senior policy advisor for the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales warned Caritas Europa’s secretary general that human trafficking is rapidly growing in the UK in the face of the big event. Cecilia Taylor-Camara met with Jorge Nuño Mayer
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