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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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New Year brings familiar stories of migrant deaths and slavery

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New Year brings familiar stories of migrant deaths and slavery

Less the two weeks into 2018 and the statistics on the IOM Migration Flows website paint a tragic picture. By 8 January, 81 people were dead or missing having tried to cross the Mediterranean to Europe. Many news websites highlighted the first boat found to be sinking on the Mediterranean route this year. On average,…

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Human Flow: Ai Weiwei’s perspective-giving primer on global migration

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Human Flow: Ai Weiwei’s perspective-giving primer on global migration

Rather than pick a few interesting personal stories out of the millions of displaced people across the globe, Ai Weiwei keeps his focus on the scale of the worldwide Human Flow in his new documentary. By stretching the narrative across 23 different countries, Ai Weiwei also zooms out from the handful of countries normally associated…

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First Christmas as the mother of a young infant

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First Christmas as the mother of a young infant

One conversation in April this year returns to me more than any other this year. It lurks in my mind and its memory steps out into the path of my thinking when I least suspect it. Over the last couple of days in church as we’ve sung familiar carols about the birth of Christ, my…

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A Christmas Prayer for Refugees

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A Christmas Prayer for Refugees

Lord, you were once a refugee as the small child from the manger fleeing to Egypt. And so we pray for all those who are fleeing persecution, adversity and hopelessness. We remember the millions of people across the globe who are displaced from their homes. We bring before you families that are split apart, with…

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Welcome Churches

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Welcome Churches

The vision of the Welcome Churches organisation is “for every refugee in the UK to be welcomed by their local church”. To that end they are offering UK churches the resources and training to make congregations into welcoming communities, including how to: provide help and support to refugees arriving in your community; work with other…

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Resources about Statelessness #LockedInLimbo

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Resources about Statelessness #LockedInLimbo

Last October, a set of twelve Biblical reflections were published by the World Council of Churches under the title I Belong: Biblical Reflections on Statelessness. They are available to purchase online (UK/US). In an era marked by migration, refugees and displacement, the growing problem of stateless persons calls for attention and engagement by Christians everywhere….

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UK churches support #LockedInLimbo statelessness campaign

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UK churches support #LockedInLimbo statelessness campaign

The #LockedInLimbo campaign draws attention to the estimated 10 million people worldwide who are stateless. Unlike citizens which have the right to have rights, people who are stateless are – according to the 1954 Statelessness Convention – “not considered as a national by any state under the operation of its law”. The campaign describe ‘statelessness’…

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