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European bishops urge coordinated, humane EU policies on immigration

Catholic World News - November 15, 2013

The Commission of Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community (COMECE) has called for European immigration policies that show “greater flexibility and a sensitivity to human needs.”

After a discussion of immigration at their plenary meeting, the bishops of COMECE—an organization that serves the bishops of nations belonging to the European Union—said that immigration laws “must in all cases be respected,” but recommended “a more humane approach to migration and asylum.”

The COMECE statement noted significant differences in the immigration policies of EU member states, and said that a unified European policy is needed, and “coordinated assistance to countries of origin and support to countries of transit is needed to stem a migratory flux.”

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