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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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Churches’ Refugee Network day conference – Monday 5 February 2018

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Churches’ Refugee Network day conference – Monday 5 February 2018

Sanctuary will be one focus of the day conference on Monday 5 February 2018 being organised through CTBI’s Churches’ Refugee Network. The morning schedule will include time to support and refresh those working with refugees, people seeking asylum and migrants before Inderjit Bhogal introduces the concept of Churches of Sanctuary and Sanctuary Meetings as well as…

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“Children never asked for this – that’s my motivation, simple”

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“Children never asked for this – that’s my motivation, simple”

Some years ago Joby Fox lost his own young daughter to cancer. The media images of the crisis unfolding in the Mediterranean deeply moved him. “Children never asked for this – that’s my motivation, simple.” The Northern Ireland singer/songwriter flew to the Greek island of Lesbos in the winter of 2015. Leaving his wife and…

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Workshop on Faith Networks for Service Delivery and Advocacy for Refugees (London, 19 October)

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Workshop on Faith Networks for Service Delivery and Advocacy for Refugees (London, 19 October)

Migration Exchange is hosting a learning and skill-sharing workshop in London on the afternoon of Thursday 19 October. The workshop will examine faith networks in service delivery and advocacy for refugees, migrants and asylum seeker and will provide space for reflection, learning and networking among leading figures from faith institutions and networks, and key migrant, refugee…

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Christian Aid Rohingya Crisis Appeal

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Christian Aid Rohingya Crisis Appeal

Christian Aid have launched a Rohingya Crisis Appeal to collect donations to support vulnerable displaced people who need food, water and shelter. Escalating violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State in late August 2017 has forced hundreds of thousands of people from their homes, including many Rohingya Muslims who have fled to Bangladesh, fearing for their lives….

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Share the Journey: Pope Francis urges people to press governments over dignity of people on the move

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Share the Journey: Pope Francis urges people to press governments over dignity of people on the move

Pope Francis has declared this time a ‘unique opportunity’ to press governments to make global commitments which place the human dignity of people on the move at their heart. He  launched the campaign on Wednesday 27 September, meeting and embracing migrants during his weekly audience in St. Peter’s Square, saying: “Hope is the desire to…

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Greenbelt 2017 events on migration, asylum and refugees

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Greenbelt 2017 events on migration, asylum and refugees

If you’re attending the Greenbelt festival this weekend look out for some of the asylum and refugee-related talks and activities across the Boughton Estate site, north east of Kettering. Friday 25 August at 5.30pm. Climate theologian Dr Winston Halapua will talk about The Real Moana: Waves of God’s Embrace in the Pagoda. The Archbishop and Primate…

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Wifi Refugees – marketing advice for local businesses & fundraising for refugees

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Wifi Refugees – marketing advice for local businesses & fundraising for refugees

Earlier this summer, Andi Jarvis launched Wifi Refugees, offering free twenty minute marketing sessions to local businesses, in exchange for a donation to a local refugee charity. David from Soarscape was the first person to drop in for a session. Andi is a marketing consultant. He knows that small businesses often don’t have the budget…

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£1m UK Gov injection to support community sponsorship groups

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£1m UK Gov injection to support community sponsorship groups

Marking the one year anniversary of the operation of the UK’s community sponsorship scheme, the Home Secretary Amber Rudd announced £1 million of funding over two years to support community groups who want to help resettle refugees fleeing the war in Syria. This time last year, the Archbishop of Canterbury welcomed a Syrian refugee family to…

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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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