Archive For September 30, 2016

Keep Me Travelling Along With You (CRN conference in Coventry)

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Keep Me Travelling Along With You (CRN conference in Coventry)

The Churches Refugee Network is running a day conference on Tuesday 22 November to resource those appointed within the churches and church-related charities to welcome and support forced migrants. To be held in the Coventry Centre for Ministry of Reconciliation, the latest information and best practice will be shared as well as pausing for prayer…

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Sharp rise in number of refugees stranded in Greece, sea rescues continue

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Sharp rise in number of refugees stranded in Greece, sea rescues continue

Refugees continue to arrive in Europe by sea and land routes. IOM estimate that by 21 September, a total of 317,228 migrants and refugees have arrived in Europe since the start of 2016. While stories of rescue at sea can no longer be found leading TV news bulletins or dominating newspaper front pages, out of the…

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People of the Earth – application deadline approaching

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People of the Earth – application deadline approaching

Are you motivated to take action in response to the humanitarian crisis in Europe? Are you able to support those building a new life in London? People of the Earth is a new project about living from our deepest values and stimulating acts of friendship between ten Londoners and ten refugees seeking to making their…

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Birmingham Methodists join community sponsorship scheme

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Birmingham Methodists join community sponsorship scheme

The Methodist Church in Birmingham will be the first organisation in the city to support a family of Syrian refugees under the UK government’s community sponsorship scheme that was launched in July. The Birmingham Mail explains: The family of four will form part of Birmingham’s commitment to take in 500 Syrian refugees over the next…

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#RefugeesWelcome march this weekend, prayer service + other events

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#RefugeesWelcome march this weekend, prayer service + other events

Friday 16th Culture Night Belfast is an evening of over 250 free events across the Cathedral Quarter of the city. Write to Refuge is organised by Oxfam Ireland and between 3pm and 9pm there will be an interactive exhibition highlighting the stories and plight of people forced to flee their homes by conflict and persecution. From…

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UK on target to resettle 20,000 Syrian refugees by 2020

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UK on target to resettle 20,000 Syrian refugees by 2020

The National Audit Office has today reported on the UK Home Office’s Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Programme. Back in September 2015, the then-Prime Minister David Cameron made a commitment to resettle 20,000 Syrian refugees by 2020. 1,000 Syrian refugees were welcomed into the UK by Christmas 2015. 2,659 (13% of the target) were resettled by…

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Faith leaders call on UK Gov to “urgently revise its policy towards refugees”

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Faith leaders call on UK Gov to “urgently revise its policy towards refugees”

Church leaders across the UK – 224 in total – have signed an open letter to Prime Minister Theresa May calling on the UK Government to “urgently revise its policy towards refugees”. Representing Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jain, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh and Zoroastrian faiths, the signatories say that “our faiths compel us to affirm the dignity…

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Unicef publish ‘Uprooted’ report: 28 million children forcibly displaced

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Unicef publish ‘Uprooted’ report: 28 million children forcibly displaced

The opening paragraphs of the executive summary of a new UNICEF report Uprooted are shocking. Around the world, nearly 50 million children have migrated across borders or been forcibly displaced – and this is a conservative estimate. More than half of these girls and boys fled violence and insecurity – 28 million in total. These…

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Unicef call for faster family reunification + petition

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Unicef call for faster family reunification + petition

UNICEF have added their voice to the call for the UK Government to more speedily honour their promise to help reunite refugee children with families already in the United Kingdom. They’re also running a petition to lobby the Home Secretary. The unaccompanied refugee children of the Calais refugee camp are putting themselves in grave danger in…

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“Every refugee I speak to asks us to pray for peace” – Nigel Harris (TearFund)

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“Every refugee I speak to asks us to pray for peace” – Nigel Harris (TearFund)

“Here in Lebanon, the population was four million in 2011 before the war in Syria. Now it’s more than five and a half million, swollen by desperate refugees. That’s the equivalent of the UK taking in 20 million refugees.” Those are the words of TearFund’s chief executive Nigel Harris who recently visited Lebanon and saw…

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