EU Bishops Call for Common Immigration Policy

ROME, APR. 11, 2001 ( The 14 bishops of the Commission of Episcopal Conferences of the European Community (COMECE) have expressed their concern over the situation of illegal immigrants, and those awaiting family reunification.

The bishops propose that a common immigration policy be adopted by the Members of the European Union. In an official statement, the bishops say that they “are extremely concerned about the situations of people with irregular status, many of whom are victims of exploitation that denies their human dignity. We are also concerned about those who, although in regular situations, cannot live with their families.”

The bishops expressed their concern in a “Declaration with Regard to a Common Asylum and Immigration Policy of the European Union,” which was signed in Rome on March 30, and has just been published.