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EU bishops’ commission: integrate migrants into a ‘cohesive and welcoming’ society

February 16, 2017

The Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community (COMECE), joined by Caritas Europa and eight other Christian organizations, has called upon EU policymakers to give greater priority to the integration of migrants and refugees.

In a six-page response to an EU action plan, COMECE and the other organizations stated that “the EU can strengthen equal rights and opportunities by fostering anti-discrimination policies and appropriate diversity management strategies within public institutions … A cohesive and welcoming society must provide migrants with the necessary means to help them overcome structural, socio-economic, and cultural challenges and barriers that hinder their full participation and integration.”


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  • Posted by: [email protected] - Feb. 18, 2017 1:18 AM ET USA

    These Bishops still do not understand. These migrants or refugees do not want to be integrated. They think Europe is a rotten society and given todays lack of any moral standards they may be right. You can be all the welcoming society you want,but they generally do not want to be part of the European culture. And we are not far behind.

  • Posted by: R. Spanier (Catholic Canadian) - Feb. 17, 2017 1:05 PM ET USA

    Why did the "Comments" document by COMECE et. al use the term "integration of third country nationals" and not "integration of Islamic country nationals"? The main beneficiary countries into the EU in this current crisis are from Islamic countries, e.g., Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia and Pakistan (wiki: European Migrant Crisis). And why did the document not mention any Islamic doctrine that opposes integration of Muslims with non-Muslims? (e.g., Qur'an 4:144, 3:28, 9:29, 4:89, 98:6)

  • Posted by: jalsardl5053 - Feb. 16, 2017 10:09 PM ET USA

    Socio-babble. How about calling on the migrants and refugees to respect AND LEARN the new culture to which they are entering; you know, the kind of thing that made America great.