Since 2015 Europe have been a fundamental actor of the Migrants Crisis through the Mediterranean; we are used to think about our era as a period of peace, but as we can see through the “window”, if we look further, several countries are living in poverty and ruined by the war.

UNHCR defined with an article on 27th of August 2015 the difference between a refugee and a migrant; we remember there that “Refugees are persons fleeing armed conflict or persecution”, on the other side “Migrants choose to move not because of a direct threat of persecution or death, but mainly to improve their lives by finding work, or in some cases for education, family reunion, or other reasons.”

States usually use this distinction to decide if a person should be eligible to live in a state and to beneficiate to the refugee status.

The question is if we have the right to decide if someone is eligible to have…human rights: to reject someone and to define him as not welcome in a state in several case means to deny his right to fulfill his wellbeing as well as his physical, moral and psychological integrity.

As a remind would like to say notice that cities and towns and more in general geographical spaces in all over the world are inhabited by people; people can move and since the existence of the planet people are moving through the world.

About the Campaign

From UN research data we know that more than a million migrants and refugees crossed into Europe in 2015, the vast majority arrived by sea but some migrants have made their way over land, principally via Turkey and Albania. Since the start of 2016, 135,711 people reach Europe by sea. According to the IOM, more than 3,770 migrants were reported to have died trying to cross the Mediterranean in 2015. Most died on the crossing […] Read on →


Every single person or organization that is interested and will contribute to the Campaign is an essential part of it, we invite you to participate through several initiatives that we will organize…our “toolbox” for the implementation of #WeAreEurope is composed by: -Online magazine: An opportunity to be part of the Campaign: personal experiences, data and more will be shared through the magazine; you can participate writing a text or commenting on the posted articles. -Local […] Read on →


The campaign will last from 2017 to 2019 and it will have a specific thematic focus for each year: 2017: Theology of Migration: We would like to examine in depth the thematic exploring  different types of migration, various reasons of migration, terms definition and political aspects. In addition, we will pay a special attention to the Christian responsibility to welcome strangers, European hospitality and perspective of youth organizations, as well as enhancing differences and mutuality […] Read on →

About the campaign

According to Eurostat, the level of people living in poverty and being at a risk of poverty and social exclusion has considerably increased during the past years. For example, in 2011, 119.6 million people, or 24.2% of the population, in the EU-27 were at risk of poverty or social exclusion, compared with 23.6% in 2010.   In addition, the gap between the socio-economic classes is increasing, bringing alarming developments or rather lack of development towards […] Read on →

Campaign Coordination Team

  The work of the campaign is organised by the Campaign Coordination Team (CCT), which is a group of young ecumenically-minded people who are volunteering for “Break the Chains!” campaign. The main tasks of CCT include strategic thinking about the campaign’s content and implementing the ideas both at the office and Member Organisations level. The CCT is a colorful blend of personalities, nationalities and interests. The work of the CCT is supported by the EYCE […] Read on →

Campaign materials

Cotton bag A cotton bag with challenging “Fasten your shopping bag” is designed to bring people to question “Do I buy only what I need or only in the sake of buying?”, “Is there room to limit my consuming and by that help the others?”.   The slogan line itself is explained on the bag in a dictionary style, providing background to the phrase: One should step away from Consumerism culture and think before buying; […] Read on →

Sharewich day

Sharewich day is back!! We, the members of the Coordination Team of EYCE’s Campaign to Overcome Poverty “Break the Chains!” are so passionate about the concept of Sharewich Day that we have decided to bring it back, and make it BIGGER! On 16th and 17th October 2014 we had the first ever Sharewich Day. The idea is simple, all we ask is that you take a sandwich and share it with someone else. It could […] Read on →

See. Act. Change.

Welcome to the page of “See. Act. Change.”, the magazine of EYCE’s Campaign to Overcome Poverty “Break the Chains!”. The Campaign Coordination Team (CCT) is planning to publish two issues of the magazine per year. The issues will focus on the yearly theme of the campaign, starting from the mechanisms behind poverty to who and how is affected by it. The magazine will offer articles, photos inspiring personal stories and description of projects that are […] Read on →

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