Emmaus Europe

Defending human rights / Migration 

Our values

During his time with the French resistance during WW2 Abbé Pierre produced fake documents to help Jewish people to make it across to Switzerland. He continued to defend human rights throughout his life. After the war Abbé Pierre joined the World Federalist Movement and opened an international youth hostel to help young Europeans to reconcile. This commitment to peace and universalism is embedded in the history of the Emmaus movement.

Freedom of Movement and Unconditional Welcome

One of Emmaus’ fundamental values is that of unconditional welcome. We welcome all people into our groups, no matter their background, their country of origin, their age or their religious beliefs.

The Emmaus movement fights against racism, antisemitism and all forms of discrimination with our daily work and via our political demands.

Defending Freedom of Movement

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was one of the reference documents for the manifesto of the Emmaus movement. Article 13 of the declaration recognises that “everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state” and that “everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country.” And yet public policies to control, repress, criminalise and deport migrant persons continue to be strengthened.

Actions under the banner of Article 13

Freedom of movement is now the prerogative of merchandise, capital and of a minority of privileged individuals. Thousands of people die every year trying to enter Europe’s borders in the hope of finding a better life here.

Several European Emmaus communities worked together in recent years on the “Article 13” campaign. The aim of this initiative was to make more people aware of the existence of this article and to call for better welcome for immigrants in Europe.

Political Campaigning and Working as part of a Network

EU migration policy and the policies of the individual member states flout the fundamental principles of human rights’ conventions and exacerbate poverty.

In recent years the Emmaus groups have welcomed increasing numbers of people who are left on the streets because they haven’t been granted a residency permit or as they weren’t able to ask for asylum. These people would do a great job in the workplace if only they were given a work permit – we know this as they do a great job helping with our solidarity activities within the Emmaus groups.

 

Emmaus Europe, member of the Migreurop

We are also a member of the Migreurop collective of researchers and associations. We work as part of Migreurop to denounce migration policies which flout human rights and which deny people dignity, notably detention centres at the borders and the policy of border externalisation.

At our last assembly in San Sebastian we adopted a declaration summing up our stance on the matter of welcome for immigrants.

Our various stances

European Union

#AbolishFrontex

A campaign to abolish the European Border and Coast Guard Agency and end the EU border regime.

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European Union

No Profit on Pandemic!

Covid-19 vaccines have finally arrived, but not for everyone…

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Bosnia Herzegovina

The Humanitarian Crisis is Bosnia is Ongoing

The call for donations has been renewed by Emmaus Italy in order to support the thousands of homeless refugees and to open a day centre in Bosnia, where a humanitarian crisis persists.

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France

Emmaus Bussières-et-Pruns, a welcome centre for asylum seekers

Let’s take a look at a different facet of our movement with the Bussières-et-Pruns group and their initiative to provide a dignified welcome to asylum seekers.

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Bosnia Herzegovina

Emergency in Bosnia-Herzegovina

Fleeing Afghanistan, Syria and Pakistan, thousands of people wanting to seek asylum in Europe have been trapped in North-East Bosnia-Herzegovina since the construction of an anti-migrant border barrier three years ago by Hungary and increased security along the border with Croatia.

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Italy

Emmaus Italy: training for young activists

Since 2015 Emmaus Italy has been running a training course in non-violence, this course focuses on peace, on how to resolve conflicts and on the values promoted by Abbé Pierre and by Emmaus.

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Fires in the Moria camp: solidarity with all the victims

Emmaus Europe and Emmaus International express their solidarity with all the victims of the fires in the Moria camp on the Island of Lesbos.

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European Union

The New Pact on Asylum and Migration: How to overcome policies which create poverty?

The European Commission has relaunched its work on ‘A New Pact on Asylum and Migration’. Work on this topic was started long ago but the Commission now wishes to make the Pact a key part of its current mandate.

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Defending human rights / Migration