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Community Sponsorship Guide

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Community Sponsorship Guide

A step-by-step guide to preparing your community group to welcome a refugee family has been published by Social Finance, Good Faith Partnership, Refugee Action and Church Response For Refugees. The guide breaks down the UK Home Office process into small steps and explains how the many criteria can be met. The authors of the Community…

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Supporting English Language Learning

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Supporting English Language Learning

Churches Together in the Merseyside Region have produced another guide in their Welcoming the Stranger series. Supporting English Language Learning is aimed at faith and community groups who want to support English language learning among migrants, people seeking asylum and refugees in their local area. It points to ESOL resources (English for Speakers of Other Languages) and highlights…

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Mediterranean Hope: new sea rescue collaboration by Italian churches

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Mediterranean Hope: new sea rescue collaboration by Italian churches

The Council of the FCEI (the Federation of Evangelical Churches in Italy) has agreed to expand the work of their refugee and migrant programme Mediterranean Hope with a new strand of activity that will support organisations that undertake this humanitarian work and participate in search and rescue missions in the Mediterranean Sea. A team from…

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Refugee Family Reunion Bill passes next stage in UK Parliament #FamiliesTogether

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Refugee Family Reunion Bill passes next stage in UK Parliament #FamiliesTogether

The Refugee Family Reunion Bill passed another stage in its progression through the UK Parliament with its second reading in the House of Commons on 16 March 2018. Introduced as a Private Members Bill by the SNP’s Angus MacNeil back in July 2017, the proposed legislation hopes to improve the UK’s laws on the rights…

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What is a Sanctuary Meeting? Quakers in Britain’s Tatiana Garavito explains …

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What is a Sanctuary Meeting? Quakers in Britain’s Tatiana Garavito explains …

At the recent CTBI Churches’ Refugee Network conference, Tatiana Garavito introduced the Quaker programme of Sanctuary Meetings. A racial justice activist and organiser, Tatiana was just three weeks into her new role as Sanctuary Everywhere Programme Manager with Quakers in Britain. “There are many, many reasons why people migrate and seek asylum in this country and…

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Christian Aid briefing about IDP campaign

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Christian Aid briefing about IDP campaign

At CTBI’s recent Churches’ Refugee Network conference in London, John Plant and Jenny Brown presented some of Christian Aid‘s early thinking about a campaign later this year that will be focussed on Internally Displaced People. John spoke first and reminded delegates about the complexity of the causes and drivers of migration. In an earlier session…

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UK Gov should challenge migration myths and inaccuracies

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UK Gov should challenge migration myths and inaccuracies

The Home Affairs Select Committee recently published its report on and recommendations on the UK Government’s immigration policy and principles for building consensus inquiry. The 60 page report [PDF] is based on a wide range of written and oral evidence gathered over a year. The report calls for the principle of asylum to be upheld…

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CTBI’s Churches’ Refugee Network meets

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CTBI’s Churches’ Refugee Network meets

CTBI’s Churches’ Refugee Network met again this afternoon in London. Individuals involved in supporting and improving the asylum process as well as representatives from a wide range of (mostly) faith-based NGOs working in the refugee sector. Attendees heard an update from Refugee Action‘s CEO Stephen Hale about the organisation’s plan for a three year campaign…

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WCC & ecumenical partners co-host UN symposium on migration (22 Jan)

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WCC & ecumenical partners co-host UN symposium on migration (22 Jan)

The World Council of Churches and ecumenical partners are co-hosting an event on migration and displacement at United Nations on Monday 22 January 2018. Proceedings from the United Nations headquarters in New York will be streamed online from 2pm until 10pm (GMT). Why do people move? When their movement is forced, how should this be…

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Churches’ Refugee Network day conference – Monday 5 February 2018

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Churches’ Refugee Network day conference – Monday 5 February 2018

Sanctuary will be one focus of the day conference on Monday 5 February 2018 being organised through CTBI’s Churches’ Refugee Network. The morning schedule will include time to support and refresh those working with refugees, people seeking asylum and migrants before Inderjit Bhogal introduces the concept of Churches of Sanctuary and Sanctuary Meetings as well as…

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