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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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IOM Migration statistics website update

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IOM Migration statistics website update

Over the last few days, the headlines on the front pages of UK newspapers have screamed out about the number of people arriving across the Mediterranean to European shores. Some stories have concentrated on the human tragedy, some have pointed to the upset caused to holiday makers, and others have taken a firm anti-immigration line….

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“We have hope. We can move beyond borders … and walls in our hearts and minds”

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“We have hope. We can move beyond borders … and walls in our hearts and minds”

“Have no fear! Christ is Alive! We have hope. We can move beyond borders, physical barriers and walls in our hearts and minds.” That’s the sentiment that runs through a statement unanimously adopted by the members of the Churches’ Commission on Migrants in Europe (CCME) which met in Prague last week for its general assembly. “We…

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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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Meet Luca Maria Negro

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Meet Luca Maria Negro

CTBI’s Christine Elliott recently returned from a fact-finding visit to projects in Rome. Over the coming week’s she’ll be blogging about her encounters. Meet Luca Maria Negro, the President of the Federation of Protestant Churches in Italy (FCEI). The FCEI set up the work of Mediterranean Hope in 2013 following the ghastly situation on 3…

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Humanitarian Corridors – safe and legal access to Europe

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Humanitarian Corridors – safe and legal access to Europe

CTBI’s Christine Elliott recently returned from a fact-finding visit to projects in Rome. Over the coming week’s she’ll be blogging about her encounters. Giulia Gori promotes the work of Humanitarian Corridors. This magnificent collaboration between the Italian Government departments of foreign and internal affairs and the Christian groups Mediterranean Hope, Community of Sant’Egidio and Tavola…

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60th anniversary of Christian Aid Week

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60th anniversary of Christian Aid Week

Christian Aid was founded by churches in 1945 to support refugees who had lost their homes and possessions in the Second World War. Twelve years later, Christian Aid Week was launched to help fund the organisation’s work. Theodor Davidovic was a World War II refugee who made Scotland his home and dedicated much of his…

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We are all migrants as well as hosts

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We are all migrants as well as hosts

Clare McBeath is co-principal of Northern Baptist College and was one of the women who took part in a Churches Together in Britain and Ireland women’s delegation to visit Greece in May 2016. She delivered this reflection as part of CTBI’s AGM, which was held last week in Luther King House in Manchester. A year ago,…

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Reflections from CTBI group who visited Mediterranean Hope refugee projects in Lampedusa & Sicily

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Reflections from CTBI group who visited Mediterranean Hope refugee projects in Lampedusa & Sicily

A short video captures reflections of some of the group who spent time with Mediterranean Hope projects in Lampedusa and Sicily in April 2017. The visit was organised by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland.  You can read more about the visit on this Focus on Refugees website.

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