Archive For March 31, 2017

CTBI delegation from Britain and Ireland to visit Italian refugee projects

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CTBI delegation from Britain and Ireland to visit Italian refugee projects

Between Monday 3 and Saturday 8 April, seven young men from churches across Britain and Ireland will visit Italy to hear first hand testimony from refugees and staff in camps and support projects on the islands of Sicily and Lampedusa. The fact-finding trip is organised by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI) and follows…

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Humanitarian Corridor opens from Lebanon to France, building on Italian pilot

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Humanitarian Corridor opens from Lebanon to France, building on Italian pilot

An agreement has now been signed to open a humanitarian corridor from Lebanon to France. Last month, an Italian humanitarian corridor pilot project which has brought approximately 700 Syrian refugees safely and legally from Lebanon to Italy celebrated its first anniversary. Pastor Luca Maria Negro is President of the Federation of Evangelical Churches in Italy…

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Cup of Tea With a Refugee #KettlesBoiled

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Cup of Tea With a Refugee #KettlesBoiled

Everybody loves a cup of tea. Cup of Tea with a Refugee is a campaign from the Scottish Refugee Council which uses one of Scotland’s favourite pastimes to bring people together. Whether you like a big mug of builder’s tea, a dainty cup of Earl Grey or a samovar of mother’s Spiced Chai, the idea…

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Bid to keep Dubs scheme open fails in UK Parliament

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Bid to keep Dubs scheme open fails in UK Parliament

Just three Tory MPs backed a failed move this afternoon to keep the Dubs scheme open in the UK. Up to thirty Conservative MPs had been expected to rebel against the government, but many abstained instead and Tory backbencher Heidi Allen’s amendment was lost by 287 votes to 267. The BBC report that only three…

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“This is too important to get wrong when children’s lives and futures are at risk”

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“This is too important to get wrong when children’s lives and futures are at risk”

When the UK Government announced that it was closing the ‘Dubs scheme’, one of the reasons given was that the scheme acted as a ‘pull’ which “encourages the people traffickers”. The Home Affairs Select Committee heard testimony from organisations including UNICEF and Save the Children. In their urgent report they said that closing the Dubs…

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Dubs scheme amendments to be brought after successful cross-party backbench MP motion

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Dubs scheme amendments to be brought after successful cross-party backbench MP motion

British Members of Parliament backed a non-binding cross-party backbench motion to keep the ‘Dubs scheme’ open. The Home Office announced earlier this year that they would close the scheme with only 350 unaccompanied child refugees brought to the UK, instead of the original intention of 3,000. BBC Online report that twenty Conservative MPs backed the vote,…

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