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“This problem is not going away: it’s getting bigger”

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“This problem is not going away: it’s getting bigger”

A year after the Archbishop of Canterbury welcomed a Syrian refugee family to live at Lambeth Palace, it seems that the community sponsorship scheme – which initially struggled to gain momentum due to Home Office processes that were not well oiled – seems to be picking up speed. Mayor David Henderson from Brockville Ontario in…

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Listen back to webinar on Anglican response to refugees

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Listen back to webinar on Anglican response to refugees

You can now listen online to the online meeting on integration, partnership and sanctuary hosted by Anglican Alliance and Scottish Faiths Action for Refugees. Three presentations outlined how Anglican churches and agencies in the UK and Ireland work with refugees. http://www.sfar.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/2017-07-03-13.05-SFAR-_-Anglican-Alliance-online-audio-converter.com_.mp3 Revd Joan Lyon spoke about her work in Luxembourg, the need to open our…

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Church fundraising furnishes Milton Keynes home for resettled family

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Church fundraising furnishes Milton Keynes home for resettled family

St Mark’s Church in Milton Keynes handed over house keys to a refugee family last week after a fundraising campaign to furnish their new home with everything from toothbrushes to a fridge freezer. The Church of England explains that the church crowdsourced items through an online ‘wish list’ as well as raising money through coffee…

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World Refugee Day human chain in Glasgow’s George Square

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World Refugee Day human chain in Glasgow’s George Square

David Bradwell from Scottish Faiths Action for Refugees was one of hundreds of people who came together in Glasgow’s George Square this morning to form a human chain to mark World Refugee Day and show solidarity with refugees. The event was organised by the Scottish Refugee Council, Amnesty International and Oxfam Scotland and attended by…

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Refugee Week 2017 events in England

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Refugee Week 2017 events in England

There are an enormous number of events planned across England for Refugee Week which begins on Monday 19 June. You can find many of them on the Refugee Week website. Only a tiny selection are previewed in this blog post. Quakers are running a series of events in London and across England. The Library in…

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Refugee Festival Scotland 2017 events

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Refugee Festival Scotland 2017 events

You can see a full list of events during Refugee Festival Scotland 2017 (from Tuesday 20 June to Sunday 2 July) on the Scottish Refugee Council website. Come and help form a human chain in Glasgow’s George Square in an event marking World Refugee Day on Tuesday 20 June starting at 11am. It’s an opportunity to…

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Refugee Week 2017 events in Wales

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Refugee Week 2017 events in Wales

You can see a full list of events in Wales on the Refugee Week website. A photography exhibition with the work of photographer Glenn Edwards will be accompanied by asylum seekers and refugees from the countries depicted on the walls sharing their insights and experiences about the situation in their countries and why people leave to…

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Refugee Week 2017 events in Northern Ireland

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Refugee Week 2017 events in Northern Ireland

You can see a full list of events in Northern Ireland on the Refugee Week website. There’s a launch event for Refugee Week at Belfast City Hall on Monday 19 at 2pm organised by NICRAS (Northern Ireland Community of Refugees and Asylum Seekers) and other NGOs. Immigration detention will be highlighted with the free screening…

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Wimbledon Salvation Army encourage community sponsorship

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Wimbledon Salvation Army encourage community sponsorship

Did you know that Merton is the first borough in London – and only the third in the UK – to resettle a Syrian refugee family through the UK Home Office’s community sponsorship scheme? The Salvation Army has sponsored a family to resettle in Merton. They applaud the local community spirit – from local people,…

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