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Myth busting the refugee crisis

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Myth busting the refugee crisis

Writing in Tuesday’s Guardian newspaper, Daniel Trilling busts five myths about the refugee crisis in a long read that deconstructs some of the beliefs that shape policy and public opinion. Myth 1. The crisis is over. Myth 2. We can neatly separate ‘refugees’ from ‘economic migrants’ Myth 3. Telling ‘human stories’ is enough to change…

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United Against Racism study materials

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United Against Racism study materials

The ACT Now! Unite to End Racism campaign has published a book to help individuals, small groups and congregations to confront racism within their own lives and the lives of their churches. The ‘ACT’ stands for awaken, confront, transform. United Against Racism reflects the National Council of Churches’ commitment to eradicate “the entrenched racism that…

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Becoming Human Together theological reflection published

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Becoming Human Together theological reflection published

A new theological reflection on migration – Becoming Human Together – has been published [PDF] by Christian Aid Scotland and Scottish Faiths Action for Refugees. The resource explores how Christian Reformed theology relates to faith and forced migration and was part inspired by last summer’s Shoulder to Shoulder interfaith pilgrimage. Four areas of practice for theological…

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Responding to the hostile environment policy

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Responding to the hostile environment policy

CTBI’s Churches’ Refugee Network met last week and among a number of other topics, the attendees discussed the UK government’s ‘hostile environment’ policy and the recent U-turn on the deportation of the Windrush generation. Revd Fleur Houston – author of the book You Shall Love the Stranger as Yourself (Biblical Challenges in the Contemporary World)…

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Could your church or group screen The Peace Between?

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Could your church or group screen The Peace Between?

The Peace Between is a short film that features three friendships between a European and an asylum seeker or refugee. It’s a film about people and friendship rather than politics and it has been supported by the European Evangelical Alliance (EEA) “It’s portrays a metaphorical road trip through the lives of six characters in three…

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Martin Kettle: Don’t you love illegal immigrants?

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Martin Kettle: Don’t you love illegal immigrants?

Revd Martin Kettle is a policy advisor to the Church of England. Writing in a personal capacity, he recently penned a guest post titled ‘Don’t you love illegal immigrants?’ about othering, hostile environments and Christian love that was published on the blog of Bishop of Croydon, The Right Revd Jonathan Clark. Christians do not want…

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“the only right, pragmatic, humane, fair & positive step for any government to take is amnesty, or regularisation of immigration status”

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“the only right, pragmatic, humane, fair & positive step for any government to take is amnesty, or regularisation of immigration status”

In an article on the openDemocracy website, Zrinka Bralo argues that “in a free and fair society, amnesty for all migrants stuck within yet excluded from our dysfunctional system is the only workable reparation for the government’s hostile environment immigration policies”. Over recent weeks the repercussions of the UK Government’s ‘hostile immigration policies’ have been…

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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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