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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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Mediterranean Hope: new sea rescue collaboration by Italian churches

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Mediterranean Hope: new sea rescue collaboration by Italian churches

The Council of the FCEI (the Federation of Evangelical Churches in Italy) has agreed to expand the work of their refugee and migrant programme Mediterranean Hope with a new strand of activity that will support organisations that undertake this humanitarian work and participate in search and rescue missions in the Mediterranean Sea. A team from…

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Invisible voices: findings from Refugees Reporting research

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Invisible voices: findings from Refugees Reporting research

The results of the Refugees Reporting project’s research found that 92% of UK news items on asylum and migration neither identify an individual refugee or migrant nor include their voice or experience. Across the seven European countries that were studied in this initial research, the UK was lowest with just 8% of news items on…

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CTBI Churches’ Refugee Network meets

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CTBI Churches’ Refugee Network meets

The CTBI Churches’ Refugee Network formally met today for the first time. It’s the result of a merger between the well established Churches’ Refugee Network (which included representatives of churches, practitioners working directly with asylum seekers and people with theological resources in the area) and a regular meeting of NGOs (which includes representatives of the…

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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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