Northern Ireland

“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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Refugee Week 2017 events in Northern Ireland

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Refugee Week 2017 events in Northern Ireland

You can see a full list of events in Northern Ireland on the Refugee Week website. There’s a launch event for Refugee Week at Belfast City Hall on Monday 19 at 2pm organised by NICRAS (Northern Ireland Community of Refugees and Asylum Seekers) and other NGOs. Immigration detention will be highlighted with the free screening…

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Churches in Syria and Lebanon supporting refugees

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Churches in Syria and Lebanon supporting refugees

Rev Fadi Elia Dagher is the moderator of the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon and is in Belfast to attend the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. “In the past five years, churches have been destroyed, congregations relocated, elderly and children dead and suffering; youth injured, immigrated, lost their jobs, couldn’t…

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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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“Human life has no value there”

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“Human life has no value there”

Damian Jackson is programme officer for the Irish Council of Churches and co-led the recent CTBI delegation to visit refugee projects in Italy. He wrote the lead article for this week’s Church of Ireland Gazette. An abbreviated version of his article is reproduced below. “Human life has no value there.” Emmanuel was telling me of his…

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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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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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