The European Conference on Asylum which has been held for over 15 years now in different places by church based organisations in Europe will take place this year in Italy (Palermo and Rome).

Addressees of the conference are multipliers in the field of assisting refugees and asylum seekers, from counselling and social work to advocacy work on different levels in  church based and other organisations from European countries. The event is organised by the Churches' Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME) with support of the Federazione delle Chiesa Evangeliche in Italia (FCEI) and Diakonie Deutschland. The Conference language will be English/Italian.

The first part of the conference will take place in Palermo. The stay in Palermo will focus on the situation at the external border of the EU, in North Africa/Libya and the Central Mediterranean including Search and Rescue operations and other legal pathways to the EU, such as humanitarian corridors.
In Rome, we expect to talk to Italian asylum authorities, refugee organisations, NGOs and church actors. Information will be given on current challenges within the Italian asylum system, protection quotas, the situation of Dublin returnees, detention, procedures, and will include visits to local facilities. We shall discuss the current reform of the Common European Asylum System, with its controversial extension of the safe  country concepts and proposals for reform of the Dublin System. The excursions are intended to illustrate the refugee work of local churches and NGOs. There will also be room for exchange and understanding the positioning of different churches and organisations within the circle of participants. The agenda will be sent out soon.
As always, the end of the conference will produce a press release with common demands and suggestions from the participants from all over Europe.

Feel free to register and a warm welcome to Italy in May!

Registration (also for local participants)

We are keen to have representation from a wide number of countries and delegates who come from diverse perspectives.  Please therefore set out in a few lines why you are interested in attending and, if any, your direct link with asylum and migration issues.

Participation Fee and Travel Arrangements

The participation fee is 500,00 € per person plus own travel costs to the conference and back home.

After registration please book the following flights: on Sunday evening the 10th May to Palermo airport and from Rome  Fiumicino/Ciampino airport on15th or 16th May.

We will organize and pay for the flight from Palermo to Rome on 13th May for all participants.

The fee includes full accomodation, food and transport, also the domestic flight from Palermo to Rome  on May 13th during the conference, so you will be fully covered. You will receive an invoice from us for the fee.

If you are not able to pay the participation fee or travel expenses please let us know: Subsidies will be prioritiesed for partners of Churches helping Churches.

Registration for local participants ( including free entry, food and drinks)

Accomodation and Food

For information only (we will book all accomodation for you):

Accomodation Palermo: Astoria Palace (tbc)

Conference Venue Palermo: Waldensian Church  Via dello Spezio, 43, 90139 Palermo

Accomodation Rome: (tba)

Conference Venue Rome: Casa la Salle Via Aurelia, 472 | 00165 Roma 

If accomodation depends on your flight, please inform about your travel dates, thank you!



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