Caritas Europa

Created in 1971, Caritas Europa is one of the seven regions of Caritas Internationalis, the worldwide confederation of 162 Catholic relief, development and social service organisations working to build a better world, especially for the poor and oppressed, in over 200 countries and territories. Caritas Europa is the umbrella organisation of the European network of 48 Caritas member organisations, working in 44 European countries. Caritas Europa focuses its activities on policy issues related to poverty and social inequality, migration and asylum within all countries of Europe, and issues of emergency humanitarian assistance, international development and peace throughout the world. With regard to all these issues, the organisation develops policies for political advocacy and lobbying at European level as well as at national level. The organisation is strongly involved in supporting the activities of its Member Organisations and those in the wider Caritas Internationalis confederation. The ERSO project is an expression of the importance that Caritas Europa attaches to the issue of safe and sustainable return as one of the durable solutions for refugees and as an element in a comprehensive migration policy.