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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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Flood: To the Sea – bringing refugee stories close to home

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Flood: To the Sea – bringing refugee stories close to home

Flood is four part production by Slung Low theatre company and playwright James Phillips. Commissioned as part of Hull 2017 City of Culture programme, the third part ‘To The Sea’ was recorded in June for BBC Two’s strand of Performance Live programmes and subsequently broadcast last Saturday evening (and available on iPlayer if you have…

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Wifi Refugees – marketing advice for local businesses & fundraising for refugees

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Wifi Refugees – marketing advice for local businesses & fundraising for refugees

Earlier this summer, Andi Jarvis launched Wifi Refugees, offering free twenty minute marketing sessions to local businesses, in exchange for a donation to a local refugee charity. David from Soarscape was the first person to drop in for a session. Andi is a marketing consultant. He knows that small businesses often don’t have the budget…

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£1m UK Gov injection to support community sponsorship groups

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£1m UK Gov injection to support community sponsorship groups

Marking the one year anniversary of the operation of the UK’s community sponsorship scheme, the Home Secretary Amber Rudd announced £1 million of funding over two years to support community groups who want to help resettle refugees fleeing the war in Syria. This time last year, the Archbishop of Canterbury welcomed a Syrian refugee family to…

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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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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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