Policy

Welcoming, protecting, promoting & integrating migrants & refugees

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Welcoming, protecting, promoting & integrating migrants & refugees

In a message linked with the launch of the 104th World day of Migrants and Refugees (to be held on 14 January 2018), Pope Francis has recalled his visit to Lampedusa on 8 July 2013 and his desire for the Church to show its concern for migrants, displaced people, refugees and victims of human trafficking….

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EU refugee policy & court case round-up

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EU refugee policy & court case round-up

An Irish-born doctor who spent three months working on board the Medecins Sans Frontieres search and rescue vessel MV Aquarius in the Mediterranean has called on the EU to open safe and legal routes for refugees and migrants rather than ignoring abuse perpetuated by Libyan forces. Dr Conor Kenny recorded a video diary and extracts…

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“When people of good join together, you can offer hope”

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“When people of good join together, you can offer hope”

The first arrivals under the French humanitarian corridors project landed at Charles de Gaulle airport on 5 July. 500 refugees will be welcomed to Paris over the next 18 months in the ecumenical scheme which has the agreement of the French government and is backed by Protestant and Catholic organisations: Fédération Protestante de France (FPF)…

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Irish Supreme Court: asylum work ban unconstitutional

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Irish Supreme Court: asylum work ban unconstitutional

The Irish Supreme Court have found that “in principle” the ban in the Refugee Act on asylum seekers seeking employment is contrary to the constitutional right to seek employment. The appeal was taken by a Burmese man who was unable to take paid employment during the eight years it took to be granted refugee status….

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UNHCR’s priorities for the next UK Government #GE2017

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UNHCR’s priorities for the next UK Government #GE2017

Ahead of the 8 June UK general election, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has outlined six priorities that it is asking whoever forms the next UK government to take forward for asylum and refugee reform. Increase the number of refugees resettled in the UK to at least 10,000 a year. This represents a meaningful but…

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Administrative error: extra 130 places ‘discovered’ for child refugees under Dubs Scheme

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Administrative error: extra 130 places ‘discovered’ for child refugees under Dubs Scheme

Despite the original expectation that 3,000 child refugees who had travelled from Syria to Europe would be brought to the UK under the ‘Dubs Scheme’, the government announced earlier this year that the scheme would close after just 350 unaccompanied migrant children had been resettled. Two months later and an extra 130 places have now…

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Humanitarian corridors – addressing extreme danger faced by refugees

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Humanitarian corridors – addressing extreme danger faced by refugees

Damian Jackson is programme officer at the Irish Council of Churches and co-led the team of young men on CTBI’s recent visit to refugee projects on Sicily and Lampedusa. He writes today on the Irish Council of Churches’ blog about the visit whose purpose was “to gain an understanding of the situation faced by people…

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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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“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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UK Government to “review any new information from children formerly resident in the Calais camp”

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UK Government to “review any new information from children formerly resident in the Calais camp”

The Guardian report this morning that the UK Home Office has “agreed to review asylum applications from child refugees in France after it emerged that several had returned to the site of the former Calais camp in a renewed effort to make the crossing to the UK”. After the closure of the ‘Jungle’ camp in…

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