Europe

EuropeYou can find up to date news on refugee issues in Europe on the websites of the Churches’ Commission on Migrants in Europe (CCME), the European Baptist Federation (EBF) and Caritas Internationalis.

Mapping Migration: Mapping Churches’ Responses in Europe is a joint study published by CCME and World Council of Churches (WCC). Back in 2008, CCME published Theological Reflections on Migration.

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Invisible voices: findings from Refugees Reporting research
Nov 16

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 ...
Refugees Reporting to publish findings on Thursday (live-stream)
Nov 15

Refugees Reporting to publish findings on Thursday (live-stream)

The Refugees Reporting research project which launched in December 2016 will publish its findings tomorrow (Thursday 16 November) in Brussels (with a live-stream available). In the reporting on refugee issues, refugees are very seldom heard themselves. This research examined how media in seven ...
“Can we honestly say that we have done everything we can?”
Nov 3

“Can we honestly say that we have done everything we can?”

For two hours on Thursday afternoon, at the behest of the Backbench Business Committee, the House of Commons debated a motion on Calais and unaccompanied child refugees in Europe. You can watch the debate and read the Hansard transcript on the UK Parliament website. “That this House notes that ...
“Children never asked for this – that’s my motivation, simple”
Oct 31

“Children never asked for this – that’s my motivation, simple”

Some years ago Joby Fox lost his own young daughter to cancer. The media images of the crisis unfolding in the Mediterranean deeply moved him. “Children never asked for this – that’s my motivation, simple.” The Northern Ireland singer/songwriter flew to the Greek island of Lesbos in the winter ...
Greek PM asked to end island containment policy
Oct 31

Greek PM asked to end island containment policy

In an open letter, nineteen aid organisations and human rights groups have called on Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to end the “containment policy” which traps asylum seekers on the islands and “to immediately transfer asylum seekers to the mainland and meet their protection needs.” The groups ...
Refugee Rescue profile on BBC One NI
Oct 27

Refugee Rescue profile on BBC One NI

Three Fridays ago I sat in what must be one of the world’s smallest TV studios in BBC’s Broadcasting House in Belfast. On the stool next to me was Joby Fox who I’d last seen singing at the launch of Community Relations week in 2016. We talked on air (if that’s the correct phrase for...
Lampedusa Ecumenical Statement
Oct 5

Lampedusa Ecumenical Statement

The organisations which arranged the “Living and witnessing the border” conference in Palermo and Lampedusa issued a joint statement which emphasised the gospel imperatives to welcome, protect and nourish. CTBI’s Christine Elliott attended the conference and will post her reflections on the ...
A feeling of helplessness …
Sep 3

A feeling of helplessness …

Jake Convery was part of the group from CTBI who visited Mediterranean Hope refugee projects in Lampedusa and Sicily in April. He blogged this morning in reaction to recent media stories about the flooding in Houston and the migrant crisis. I’ve seen some articles recently about the ...
Welcoming, protecting, promoting & integrating migrants & refugees
Aug 21

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 ...
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