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Rescue vessel #Aquarius refused permission to dock in Italy (updated)

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Rescue vessel #Aquarius refused permission to dock in Italy (updated)

A ship carrying 629 people rescued from the Mediterranean has been refused permission to dock in an Italian port. The BBC report: A rescue vessel carrying 629 migrants is stranded in the Mediterranean after Italy’s new interior minister refused permission for it to dock. Matteo Salvini, leader of the right-wing League, said Malta should accept…

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Myth busting the refugee crisis

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Myth busting the refugee crisis

Writing in Tuesday’s Guardian newspaper, Daniel Trilling busts five myths about the refugee crisis in a long read that deconstructs some of the beliefs that shape policy and public opinion. Myth 1. The crisis is over. Myth 2. We can neatly separate ‘refugees’ from ‘economic migrants’ Myth 3. Telling ‘human stories’ is enough to change…

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United Against Racism study materials

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United Against Racism study materials

The ACT Now! Unite to End Racism campaign has published a book to help individuals, small groups and congregations to confront racism within their own lives and the lives of their churches. The ‘ACT’ stands for awaken, confront, transform. United Against Racism reflects the National Council of Churches’ commitment to eradicate “the entrenched racism that…

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Becoming Human Together theological reflection published

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Becoming Human Together theological reflection published

A new theological reflection on migration – Becoming Human Together – has been published [PDF] by Christian Aid Scotland and Scottish Faiths Action for Refugees. The resource explores how Christian Reformed theology relates to faith and forced migration and was part inspired by last summer’s Shoulder to Shoulder interfaith pilgrimage. Four areas of practice for theological…

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Responding to the hostile environment policy

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Responding to the hostile environment policy

CTBI’s Churches’ Refugee Network met last week and among a number of other topics, the attendees discussed the UK government’s ‘hostile environment’ policy and the recent U-turn on the deportation of the Windrush generation. Revd Fleur Houston – author of the book You Shall Love the Stranger as Yourself (Biblical Challenges in the Contemporary World)…

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Could your church or group screen The Peace Between?

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Could your church or group screen The Peace Between?

The Peace Between is a short film that features three friendships between a European and an asylum seeker or refugee. It’s a film about people and friendship rather than politics and it has been supported by the European Evangelical Alliance (EEA) “It’s portrays a metaphorical road trip through the lives of six characters in three…

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Martin Kettle: Don’t you love illegal immigrants?

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Martin Kettle: Don’t you love illegal immigrants?

Revd Martin Kettle is a policy advisor to the Church of England. Writing in a personal capacity, he recently penned a guest post titled ‘Don’t you love illegal immigrants?’ about othering, hostile environments and Christian love that was published on the blog of Bishop of Croydon, The Right Revd Jonathan Clark. Christians do not want…

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Increased numbers of refugees arriving at Greek land borders and islands

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Increased numbers of refugees arriving at Greek land borders and islands

The Greek Reporter news agency reports that the Greek Government’s Minister for Migration has expressed “deep concern” over the increasing trend of refugee and migrant flows to the country in recent weeks. “The increasing flows in the islands do not scare me because we know what to do. It is really troubling, however, to see…

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Italian judge frees NGO Proactiva’s Open Arms vessel

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Italian judge frees NGO Proactiva’s Open Arms vessel

The Preliminary Investigative Judge of Ragusa, Giovanni Giampiccolo, has ordered the release of the Open Arms, a ship operated by the Spanish NGO Proactiva. According to a Reuters report that had visibility of the court order, “the rescue on March 15 of 218 migrants off the Libyan coast by humanitarian group Proactiva Open Arms was…

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“the only right, pragmatic, humane, fair & positive step for any government to take is amnesty, or regularisation of immigration status”

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“the only right, pragmatic, humane, fair & positive step for any government to take is amnesty, or regularisation of immigration status”

In an article on the openDemocracy website, Zrinka Bralo argues that “in a free and fair society, amnesty for all migrants stuck within yet excluded from our dysfunctional system is the only workable reparation for the government’s hostile environment immigration policies”. Over recent weeks the repercussions of the UK Government’s ‘hostile immigration policies’ have been…

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