Archive For February 28, 2017

UNHCR report on Desperate Journeys

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UNHCR report on Desperate Journeys

Movement has continued but taken more diversified and dangerous journeys after increased border restrictions were introduced in 2016 aimed at restricting refugee and migrant movements towards and inside Europe. This is the conclusion of the Desperate Journeys report (full PDF) published by the UN’s Refugee Agency, UNHRCR. “The lack of accessible and safe pathways leads…

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UK Government to “review any new information from children formerly resident in the Calais camp”

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UK Government to “review any new information from children formerly resident in the Calais camp”

The Guardian report this morning that the UK Home Office has “agreed to review asylum applications from child refugees in France after it emerged that several had returned to the site of the former Calais camp in a renewed effort to make the crossing to the UK”. After the closure of the ‘Jungle’ camp in…

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Home for Good ask UK church leaders to sign statement in light of Dubs scheme closure

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Home for Good ask UK church leaders to sign statement in light of Dubs scheme closure

In September 2015, the Home for Good charity responded to the Syrian refugee crisis by asking people to consider fostering unaccompanied asylum-seeking children. Within ten days more than 10,000 people answered their call, and the number continues to increase. This gave Home for Good opportunities to engage with the Government as solutions were sought as…

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Scottish faith leaders say it’s “reprehensible” to stop Dubs scheme now

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Scottish faith leaders say it’s “reprehensible” to stop Dubs scheme now

Scottish Catholic and Church of Scotland leaders have united to issue a statement about the UK Government’s decision to end the Dubs Scheme for asylum-seeking children. Rev Dr Richard Frazer (convener of the Church and Society Council of the Church of Scotland) and Honor Hania (chair of Commission for Justice and Peace, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of…

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Bishop of Croydon voices his concern about closure of Dubs Scheme

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Bishop of Croydon voices his concern about closure of Dubs Scheme

The Bishop of Croydon, the Rt Revd Jonathan Clark, has added his voice to those concerned with the surprise early closure of the UK government ‘Lord Dubs scheme‘ that had targeted bringing 3,000 unaccompanied child refugees from Europe to live in the UK. “I am hugely disappointed at this decision. It is important to point out…

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Reaction to closure of Lord Dubs unaccompanied child refugee scheme

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Reaction to closure of Lord Dubs unaccompanied child refugee scheme

200 child refugees have been brought to the UK under the ‘Dubs Scheme’. However, this week the UK government have announced that the scheme that was set up to help some of the estimated 90,000 unaccompanied migrant children across Europe will close once a further 150 children have been settled in the UK. Originally, the…

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Refugees in Serbia face harsh winter – Emma Fowle’s reflects on her recent visit

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Refugees in Serbia face harsh winter – Emma Fowle’s reflects on her recent visit

“Last night I returned from a freezing-cold Serbia. Three days in sub-zero temperatures visiting the impromptu shelters that have sprung up across the capital as neighbouring borders have closed and refugees have found themselves stranded here, in Belgrade. The conditions were worse than horrific. Worse than anything I could have prepared myself for.” Emma Fowle…

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ComRes/BBC survey: Attitudes towards refugees harden in GB

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ComRes/BBC survey: Attitudes towards refugees harden in GB

People living in Scotland and the south of England are most supportive of Britain accepting more refugees from Syria and Libya. They’re also the regions with least opposition. Those are the results of a ComRes survey across Scotland, England and Wales commissioned by BBC Local Radio and carried out at the end of January. The survey…

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Bishop Angaelos: God instructs us to provide refuge and hospitality indiscriminately

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Bishop Angaelos: God instructs us to provide refuge and hospitality indiscriminately

His Grace Bishop Angaelos is the General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the UK. This week he spoke out about conflict, national security and the provision of refuge for the most vulnerable. “The current state of geo-politics and the numerous terrorist attacks around our world in recent months have led to a growing…

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