Policy

Invisible voices: findings from Refugees Reporting research

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Invisible voices: findings from Refugees Reporting research

The results of the Refugees Reporting project’s research found that 92% of UK news items on asylum and migration neither identify an individual refugee or migrant nor include their voice or experience. Across the seven European countries that were studied in this initial research, the UK was lowest with just 8% of news items on…

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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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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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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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