Northern Ireland

Community Sponsorship Guide

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Community Sponsorship Guide

A step-by-step guide to preparing your community group to welcome a refugee family has been published by Social Finance, Good Faith Partnership, Refugee Action and Church Response For Refugees. The guide breaks down the UK Home Office process into small steps and explains how the many criteria can be met. The authors of the Community…

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Supporting English Language Learning

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Supporting English Language Learning

Churches Together in the Merseyside Region have produced another guide in their Welcoming the Stranger series. Supporting English Language Learning is aimed at faith and community groups who want to support English language learning among migrants, people seeking asylum and refugees in their local area. It points to ESOL resources (English for Speakers of Other Languages) and highlights…

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Refugee Family Reunion Bill passes next stage in UK Parliament #FamiliesTogether

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Refugee Family Reunion Bill passes next stage in UK Parliament #FamiliesTogether

The Refugee Family Reunion Bill passed another stage in its progression through the UK Parliament with its second reading in the House of Commons on 16 March 2018. Introduced as a Private Members Bill by the SNP’s Angus MacNeil back in July 2017, the proposed legislation hopes to improve the UK’s laws on the rights…

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Christian Aid briefing about IDP campaign

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Christian Aid briefing about IDP campaign

At CTBI’s recent Churches’ Refugee Network conference in London, John Plant and Jenny Brown presented some of Christian Aid‘s early thinking about a campaign later this year that will be focussed on Internally Displaced People. John spoke first and reminded delegates about the complexity of the causes and drivers of migration. In an earlier session…

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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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Human Flow: Ai Weiwei’s perspective-giving primer on global migration

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Human Flow: Ai Weiwei’s perspective-giving primer on global migration

Rather than pick a few interesting personal stories out of the millions of displaced people across the globe, Ai Weiwei keeps his focus on the scale of the worldwide Human Flow in his new documentary. By stretching the narrative across 23 different countries, Ai Weiwei also zooms out from the handful of countries normally associated…

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First Christmas as the mother of a young infant

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First Christmas as the mother of a young infant

One conversation in April this year returns to me more than any other this year. It lurks in my mind and its memory steps out into the path of my thinking when I least suspect it. Over the last couple of days in church as we’ve sung familiar carols about the birth of Christ, my…

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A Christmas Prayer for Refugees

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A Christmas Prayer for Refugees

Lord, you were once a refugee as the small child from the manger fleeing to Egypt. And so we pray for all those who are fleeing persecution, adversity and hopelessness. We remember the millions of people across the globe who are displaced from their homes. We bring before you families that are split apart, with…

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Welcome Churches

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Welcome Churches

The vision of the Welcome Churches organisation is “for every refugee in the UK to be welcomed by their local church”. To that end they are offering UK churches the resources and training to make congregations into welcoming communities, including how to: provide help and support to refugees arriving in your community; work with other…

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