Archive For August 24, 2016

Refugee play in running for Edinburgh awards

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Refugee play in running for Edinburgh awards

A new verbatim play based on the experiences of an Eritrean refugee has been shortlisted for awards at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Still Here is based on an interview conducted in the Calais Jungle in December last year, and documents the journey of a man fleeing persecution for his faith (played by Afolabi Alli) along…

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Refugees stranded in Greece increase by a third in last five months

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Refugees stranded in Greece increase by a third in last five months

Refugee flows into Greece are rising following the failed coup attempt in Turkey. The numbers of refugees arriving in Greece dipped significantly – close to zero some days in April – after the EU/Turkey deal came into operation. Instead, routes into Italy became busier. Figures from the Institute of Migration (IOM) show that since the mid-July…

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Methodists volunteering with Mediterranean Hope in Scicli

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Methodists volunteering with Mediterranean Hope in Scicli

English Methodists Lucy Boddington and Charlotte Humbly are volunteering this summer with the Mediterranean Hope charity in the town of Scicli on the island of Sicily. The charity was set up in response to the growing number of people making the sea crossing in to Italy. The students explain about the House of Cultures Project in which they are…

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County Down church team volunteer in Calais warehouse

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County Down church team volunteer in Calais warehouse

A team from St John’s Parish in Moira, County Down made a five-day trip to France in July to volunteer at a facility serving the ‘Calais Jungle’ refugee camp. They worked alongside volunteers from other countries in a huge warehouse which serves the camp and its 7,000 inhabitants, sorting shoes and clothes as well as boxing and…

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“these stories of hate do not chime with the generous response we see in our communities”

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“these stories of hate do not chime with the generous response we see in our communities”

Church leaders in Wales have written a joint letter to newspaper editors in which they speak out against the dramatic rise in race hate crime since the EU Referendum and warn that the dominance of these stories has stalled political action. Over the past few weeks and months we have witnessed an unprecedented polarisation of…

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Refugees Welcome NI launches accommodation project

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Refugees Welcome NI launches accommodation project

Do you have room to spare? Refugees Welcome Northern Ireland is now up and running and looking for hosts to accommodate refugees. You can register on their website. Refugees Welcome matches offers of accommodation in people’s homes with refugees who need somewhere to live. It offers people a chance to help in a very practical way…

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Welcome Summit (Birmingham on Saturday 10 September)

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Welcome Summit (Birmingham on Saturday 10 September)

Citizens UK and Christian Aid invite you to The Welcome Summit in The Saffron Centre in Birmingham on Saturday 10 September. It’ll be a year since the images of the tragic death of Alan Kurdi flashed around the world and injected an urgency and awareness to the response in Europe and further afield. The gathering…

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Asylum seekers trained in Global Kitchen

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Asylum seekers trained in Global Kitchen

On Thursday evening, a group of asylum seekers and refugees were presented with certificates to mark their successful completion of the Global Kitchen catering course. Trainer Mark Humphries was joined by NI Executive’s Finance Minister and South Belfast MLA Máirtín Ó Muilleoir. The participants received rigorous training in international cookery and food hygiene in a…

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Housing refugees in family homes – Positive Action in Housing petition

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Housing refugees in family homes – Positive Action in Housing petition

We call on the British government to harness the goodwill of those individuals and families who are willing to take refugees into their homes and quickly resettle Syrian refugees so that they may begin the process of rebuilding their lives. That’s the rallying cry of the Change.org petition launched by Positive Action in Housing, the…

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Local Authority inaction harming UK resettlement of Syrian refugees

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Local Authority inaction harming UK resettlement of Syrian refugees

A comprehensive report on the Migration Crisis from the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee has cast doubt that the UK Government will meet its commitment to resettle 20,000 refugees from the region around Syria by 2020. The report publishes for the first time the number of Syrian refugees resettled in each local authority area….

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