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CTBI Churches’ Refugee Network meets

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CTBI Churches’ Refugee Network meets

The CTBI Churches’ Refugee Network formally met today for the first time. It’s the result of a merger between the well established Churches’ Refugee Network (which included representatives of churches, practitioners working directly with asylum seekers and people with theological resources in the area) and a regular meeting of NGOs (which includes representatives of the…

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Workshop on Faith Networks for Service Delivery and Advocacy for Refugees (London, 19 October)

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Workshop on Faith Networks for Service Delivery and Advocacy for Refugees (London, 19 October)

Migration Exchange is hosting a learning and skill-sharing workshop in London on the afternoon of Thursday 19 October. The workshop will examine faith networks in service delivery and advocacy for refugees, migrants and asylum seeker and will provide space for reflection, learning and networking among leading figures from faith institutions and networks, and key migrant, refugee…

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Gardens Speak – unearthing Syrian stories from beyond the grave #BelFest

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Gardens Speak – unearthing Syrian stories from beyond the grave #BelFest

I’m slowly walking back up Belfast’s Botanic Avenue at about a third of pace I would usually strike. There is earth under some of my fingernails. A to do list of a thousand and one things no longer seem so urgent. I’m preoccupied with the live of one young man who died near the beginning…

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Asylum and refugee projects shortlisted for Liberty award

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Asylum and refugee projects shortlisted for Liberty award

Residents of the small Welsh market town of Narberth have been shortlisted for Liberty’s 2017 Human Rights Awards. Croeso Arberth and the people of Narberth have been nominated “for their work to provide a safe haven for refugee families fleeing war and terror”. As a community they were unwilling to stand by and watch the…

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Lampedusa Ecumenical Statement

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Lampedusa Ecumenical Statement

The organisations which arranged the “Living and witnessing the border” conference in Palermo and Lampedusa issued a joint statement which emphasised the gospel imperatives to welcome, protect and nourish. CTBI’s Christine Elliott attended the conference and will post her reflections on the event which coincided with the fourth anniversary of the 3 October 2013 loss…

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Christian Aid Rohingya Crisis Appeal

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Christian Aid Rohingya Crisis Appeal

Christian Aid have launched a Rohingya Crisis Appeal to collect donations to support vulnerable displaced people who need food, water and shelter. Escalating violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State in late August 2017 has forced hundreds of thousands of people from their homes, including many Rohingya Muslims who have fled to Bangladesh, fearing for their lives….

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Share the Journey: Pope Francis urges people to press governments over dignity of people on the move

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Share the Journey: Pope Francis urges people to press governments over dignity of people on the move

Pope Francis has declared this time a ‘unique opportunity’ to press governments to make global commitments which place the human dignity of people on the move at their heart. He  launched the campaign on Wednesday 27 September, meeting and embracing migrants during his weekly audience in St. Peter’s Square, saying: “Hope is the desire to…

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Preview – Lives in Translation – new play explores frustrations of asylum system #BelFest

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Preview – Lives in Translation – new play explores frustrations of asylum system #BelFest

Rosemary Jenkinson’s new play Lives in Translation celebrates the human survival instinct through the story of one woman, a Somali who flees the conflict of her home, yet becomes trapped in a different form of struggle. She becomes suffocated in the bureaucracy of the asylum system and her reliance on translation which is both frustrating…

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Report on refugee camp conditions in Bangladesh

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Report on refugee camp conditions in Bangladesh

While the focus in western Europe is often concentrated on migration near or through its own borders, elsewhere in the world climate and conflict have been internally displacing millions of people, many of whom have been forced to flee to other countries. The Washington Post carries a report about Mohammad Ilias, a Rohingya Muslim refugee…

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Irish Government announce community sponsorship programme

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Irish Government announce community sponsorship programme

The Irish government has announced that it is to develop a community sponsorship programme for refugees. The new commitment was made at the annual Concordia Summit in New York on the anniversary of the New York Declaration which was adopted at the UN’s high-level summit on refugees and migrants in September 2016 which Ireland was…

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