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World Refugee Day human chain in Glasgow’s George Square

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World Refugee Day human chain in Glasgow’s George Square

David Bradwell from Scottish Faiths Action for Refugees was one of hundreds of people who came together in Glasgow’s George Square this morning to form a human chain to mark World Refugee Day and show solidarity with refugees. The event was organised by the Scottish Refugee Council, Amnesty International and Oxfam Scotland and attended by…

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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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Learning Together after conflict

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Learning Together after conflict

CTBI’s Christine Elliott recently returned from a fact-finding visit to projects in Rome. Over the coming week’s she’ll be blogging about her encounters. I’d like you to meet James (not his real name). He’s 18 years old and from Conakry, Guinea. In the photo he is attending his Italian class, run by the Community of…

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Bishop of Croydon voices his concern about closure of Dubs Scheme

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Bishop of Croydon voices his concern about closure of Dubs Scheme

The Bishop of Croydon, the Rt Revd Jonathan Clark, has added his voice to those concerned with the surprise early closure of the UK government ‘Lord Dubs scheme‘ that had targeted bringing 3,000 unaccompanied child refugees from Europe to live in the UK. “I am hugely disappointed at this decision. It is important to point out…

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Migration, Integration and European Values – faith leaders meet European Commission

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Migration, Integration and European Values – faith leaders meet European Commission

On Tuesday 29 November, senior Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu and Mormon leaders gathered for the 12th annual high-level meeting at the European Commission. This gathering focused on “Migration, Integration and European Values: Putting values into action”. Participants discussed a range of concerns relating to the global crises resulting in widespread migration to Europe, including the emergence…

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UK on target to resettle 20,000 Syrian refugees by 2020

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UK on target to resettle 20,000 Syrian refugees by 2020

The National Audit Office has today reported on the UK Home Office’s Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Programme. Back in September 2015, the then-Prime Minister David Cameron made a commitment to resettle 20,000 Syrian refugees by 2020. 1,000 Syrian refugees were welcomed into the UK by Christmas 2015. 2,659 (13% of the target) were resettled by…

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Scotland welcomes 1,000th Syrian refugee under resettlement programme

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Scotland welcomes 1,000th Syrian refugee under resettlement programme

David Bradwell who heads up Scottish Faiths Action for Refugees is quoted in a BBC News article marking the milestone of 1,000 Syrian refugees being welcomed to Scotland through the UK Government’s Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Programme. That’s 35% of the UK total of 2,800 so far. The overall UK target is to resettle 20,000 refugees over…

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Have we already forgotten about the refugee crisis?

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Have we already forgotten about the refugee crisis?

Over on the Joint Public Issues website, Grace Pengelly asks Have we already forgotten about the refugee crisis? The Joint Public Issues Team combines the expertise of the Baptist Union, the Methodist Church, the United Reformed Church and the Church of Scotland. “Can you remember life before the referendum? It seems a long time ago now,…

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Looking back at the Working Together in Faith conference in Edinburgh #SFARconference

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Looking back at the Working Together in Faith conference in Edinburgh #SFARconference

Yesterday’s Working Together in Faith conference in Edinburgh examined how individuals and groups could grasp policy, advocacy and practical action as they exercised their faith. You can get a flavour of the event from the tweets posted using the #SFARconference hashtag. Organised by Scottish Faiths Action for Refugees, the interfaith event opened with a reflection…

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Refugee Festival Scotland – visibly and proudly standing in solidarity

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Refugee Festival Scotland – visibly and proudly standing in solidarity

Refugee Festival Scotland is an annual Scotland-wide programme of arts, cultural, educational, heritage and sports events, coordinated by Scottish Refugee Council. Suzi Maciver is arts and cultural development officer of the Scottish Refugee Council. She says that Refugee Festival Scotland is about “recognising this difficult present” of refugees who have “been forced to flee their…

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