Honouring the social service and care workers who contribute to the wellbeing of vulnerable people in Europe
On the occasion of the International Women’s Day of 8 March, I’d like to pay tribute to the many social service providers – the vast majority of whom are women – who are dedicated to caring for the most vulnerable individuals and families in our society. In a...

Solidarity is the key to the migration deadlock

Photo: Arie Kievit/Cordaid
In 2016, 374,802 migrants arrived to Europe of whom 351,080 came by sea and 23,722 travelled by land[1]. 2016 marked the deadliest year for the Mediterranean route with at least 4,715 people losing their lives. Those who survived their odyssey and who are now stranded somewhere in the...
It’s time to hear the stories of women and girls when shaping asylum and integration policies!
“I left Eritrea together with 64 men, women and children, most of whom were relatives, in December 2012. Our journey took more than 11 months, we walked through 5 countries. I was kidnapped three times by desert gunman and gang raped. I narrowly survived the sinking of a...

The failure of the EU migration response

The failure of the EU migration response
In an interview released to Afronline, Caritas Europa’s Head of Policy and Advocacy Unit, Shannon Pfohman, comments that “the current tendency in the EU to focus only on figures and costs rather than on people often makes our work more difficult. The existing economic paradigm has failed and...
Photo: Patrick Nicholson/Caritas
“You wouldn’t put a child on a boat unless it’s safer than your home. Imagine this desperation”. These words were spoken by a mother who had fled Syria with her family and had just arrived to one of the Greek islands, where a Caritas Greece staff member provided...
Roma children in Macedonia. Photo: Marc Somers.
On the International Day of Roma, Caritas Europa calls on the European Union to promote the full inclusion of Roma people across Europe. According to the observations of Caritas Europa member organisations, many EU Member States (Belgium, Bulgaria, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, and the UK) continue to struggle to...
Resilient women are agents of change today, but it’s time for European policy makers to counter the inequalities between men and women
8 March, on International Women’s Day, I want to, first, commemorate the personal, social, educational, cultural, scientific, political and economic achievements made through the leadership and contribution of women; secondly, to recognize the particular situation and resilience of women and girls in a world rife with inequalities; and...