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Czech Republic: Czech churches ready to help with the reception and integration of refugees (Unofficial translation)

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  • MIGRATION REASONS OR STATUS
  • RESIDENCE STATUS
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On 4th July 2015, Catholic bishops of the Czech Republic, together with representatives of the Ecumenical Council of Churches in the Czech Republic, released a statement on migration. “We feel that solidarity is urgently needed with victims of war and religious hatred, but at the same time we see fears within our society about receiving migrants in Europe,” representatives of both institutions stated. The Catholic Church and the Ecumenical Council of Churches in the Czech Republic expressed their intention to take part not only by supporting dialogue, but also by actively helping those whose lives are in danger and fall victim to xenophobic views or hysteria.

Within the cooperative relationship between the State and the churches, both institutions offered to call on their parishes and congregations to receive families of Christian migrants (with the agreement of local authorities) and with the help of local charity and Diakonia facilities. "In this way we are ready to help actively in the integration of these migrants and thus create a space for the enrichment of our society. At the same time we are open to seeking other forms of help." Other Christian churches may offer their capacities, too, said Daniel Fajfr, head of the Ecumenical Council of Churches. 

Christian Democrats want to cooperate with churches

The governing Christian Democratic Party also announced that it is ready to accept refugees fleeing from ISIS in reaction to the call of the Czech Bishop’s Conference on parishes to accept families of Christian refuges. Party leader and Deputy Prime Minister Pavel BÄ›lobrádek said the Christian Democratic Party is ready to provide aid to migrants in cooperation with churches and non-profit organisations.