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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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UK Resettlement Scheme now open to non-Syrians

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UK Resettlement Scheme now open to non-Syrians

The UK’s Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Programme will now be open to resettle vulnerable refugees of any nationality, not just Syrian, who fled the conflict to neighbouring countries and are unable to safely return to their home country. The overall target of 20,000 refugees to be resettled by 2020 remains unchanged. UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd…

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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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Join a webinar on Anglican response to refugees (Monday 3 July)

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Join a webinar on Anglican response to refugees (Monday 3 July)

The Anglican Alliance together with Scottish Faiths Action for Refugees are hosting an online discussion from 1-2pm on Monday 3 July with presentations on how Anglican churches and agencies in the UK and Ireland are working with refugees. Update – you can now listen back to the session. Revd Joan Lyon (St Ninian’s Aberdeen, Scottish…

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Fr Sean Gilbert: treating refugees as flesh and blood rather than categorising them into ‘boxes’

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Fr Sean Gilbert: treating refugees as flesh and blood rather than categorising them into ‘boxes’

The Stories Worth Sharing podcast from the Church of England this week spoke to Fr Sean Gilbert. He was part of a group of young men that Churches Together in Britain and Ireland took to visit refugee projects in Lampedusa and Sicily. Sean is curate at St Leonards on Sea parish in East Sussex. He…

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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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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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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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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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