Connecting half a million Assyrians
The Assyrian Confederation of Europe is an European umbrella organisation for Assyrian national federations and organisations in Europe
Assyrian communities have existed in Europe since the 1920's. In search for safer ground after the genocide of 1915 in then Ottoman Turkey the first Assyrian community took shape in Marseille and Toulouse in southern France. Since then the exodus from the land known historically as Assyria has continued and accelerated in recent years. Ethnic cleansing, kidnappings, massacres and targeted killings along with general turmoil in the Middle East continues to drive Assyrians away from Assyria.
Plans to create a pan-European umbrella for Assyrian organisations began early on but were materialised first in 2016 as the establishment of the Assyrian Confederation of Europe (ACE) was formally announced during a ceremony in the European parliament in Brussels on 22nd April (photo).
The main aims of ACE are to promote Assyrian identity and culture in Europe, to represent the Assyrians of Europe in politics and media and to support efforts in Assyria for democracy and equal rights.
A message from our president
The Assyrian Confederation of Europe stand in a unique position to represent a unique diaspora. We have a come a long way in increasing the level of organisation among the Assyrian diaspora communities in Europe. Nevertheless we have much more to accomplish and many more goals to achieve.
The Assyrian-European diaspora community has all the possibilities to become one of the most vibrant and dynamic communities in the EU. Preserving our unique culture and identity while being fully European and part of the values and cultures of Europe is an important part of our vision.
I count on every Assyrian in Europe to help us achieve this beautiful vision.
Marta Y. Eshoo