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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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Refugees Reporting to publish findings on Thursday (live-stream)

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Refugees Reporting to publish findings on Thursday (live-stream)

The Refugees Reporting research project which launched in December 2016 will publish its findings tomorrow (Thursday 16 November) in Brussels (with a live-stream available). In the reporting on refugee issues, refugees are very seldom heard themselves. This research examined how media in seven European countries portray refugees and how refugees could better represent themselves in…

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“Can we honestly say that we have done everything we can?”

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“Can we honestly say that we have done everything we can?”

For two hours on Thursday afternoon, at the behest of the Backbench Business Committee, the House of Commons debated a motion on Calais and unaccompanied child refugees in Europe. You can watch the debate and read the Hansard transcript on the UK Parliament website. “That this House notes that it is one year since the…

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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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Greek PM asked to end island containment policy

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Greek PM asked to end island containment policy

In an open letter, nineteen aid organisations and human rights groups have called on Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to end the “containment policy” which traps asylum seekers on the islands and “to immediately transfer asylum seekers to the mainland and meet their protection needs.” The groups include ActionAid, Amnesty International, Care, Danish Refugee Council, Human…

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Refugee Rescue profile on BBC One NI

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Refugee Rescue profile on BBC One NI

Three Fridays ago I sat in what must be one of the world’s smallest TV studios in BBC’s Broadcasting House in Belfast. On the stool next to me was Joby Fox who I’d last seen singing at the launch of Community Relations week in 2016. We talked on air (if that’s the correct phrase for…

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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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A feeling of helplessness …

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A feeling of helplessness …

Jake Convery was part of the group from CTBI who visited Mediterranean Hope refugee projects in Lampedusa and Sicily in April. He blogged this morning in reaction to recent media stories about the flooding in Houston and the migrant crisis. I’ve seen some articles recently about the displacement of peoples in Houston due to the…

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Welcoming, protecting, promoting & integrating migrants & refugees

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Welcoming, protecting, promoting & integrating migrants & refugees

In a message linked with the launch of the 104th World day of Migrants and Refugees (to be held on 14 January 2018), Pope Francis has recalled his visit to Lampedusa on 8 July 2013 and his desire for the Church to show its concern for migrants, displaced people, refugees and victims of human trafficking….

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The Optician of Lampedusa (Emma Jane Kirby) – choosing to act, choosing to relate

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The Optician of Lampedusa (Emma Jane Kirby) – choosing to act, choosing to relate

Emma Jane Kirby’s book The Optician of Lampedusa takes us back to 3 October 2013 and an account of what happened when Carmine Menna, his wife Rosaria and six friends went for a pleasurable sail just off the coast of the island of Lampedusa at the end of the tourist season. They found themselves first…

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