Policy

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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“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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Community Sponsorship Guide

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Community Sponsorship Guide

A step-by-step guide to preparing your community group to welcome a refugee family has been published by Social Finance, Good Faith Partnership, Refugee Action and Church Response For Refugees. The guide breaks down the UK Home Office process into small steps and explains how the many criteria can be met. The authors of the Community…

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Refugee Family Reunion Bill passes next stage in UK Parliament #FamiliesTogether

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Refugee Family Reunion Bill passes next stage in UK Parliament #FamiliesTogether

The Refugee Family Reunion Bill passed another stage in its progression through the UK Parliament with its second reading in the House of Commons on 16 March 2018. Introduced as a Private Members Bill by the SNP’s Angus MacNeil back in July 2017, the proposed legislation hopes to improve the UK’s laws on the rights…

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Christian Aid briefing about IDP campaign

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Christian Aid briefing about IDP campaign

At CTBI’s recent Churches’ Refugee Network conference in London, John Plant and Jenny Brown presented some of Christian Aid‘s early thinking about a campaign later this year that will be focussed on Internally Displaced People. John spoke first and reminded delegates about the complexity of the causes and drivers of migration. In an earlier session…

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UK Gov should challenge migration myths and inaccuracies

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UK Gov should challenge migration myths and inaccuracies

The Home Affairs Select Committee recently published its report on and recommendations on the UK Government’s immigration policy and principles for building consensus inquiry. The 60 page report [PDF] is based on a wide range of written and oral evidence gathered over a year. The report calls for the principle of asylum to be upheld…

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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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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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