On the occasion of the annual World Day of Migrants and Refugees, Caritas Europa has called on the European Union and member states to foster a welcoming Europe that values a culture of encounter, where everybody is welcomed, promoted, protected and integrated.

“Caritas will continue to promote welcoming societies and to share its best-practices in this field with decision-makers,” said Jorge Nuño Mayer, Secretary General of Caritas Europa. “This is part of our European commitment. We provide solutions that can be replicated elsewhere, up-scaled and can inspire new policies for more inclusive societies. We are hopeful that the European Commission will establish the European Year for welcoming societies during its next mandate 2019-2024.”

Caritas has thousands of projects that foster and promote migrant integration across Europe, along with concrete recommendations to policy makers at European and national level.

“The most important lesson learned in our daily interaction with the most marginalised is that working with migrants is just as important as working with receiving communities in order to contribute to a positive, constructive approach to integration that benefits everyone,” said Antonio Fantasia, Caritas Europa expert on integration.