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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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“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 ...
The Optician of Lampedusa (Emma Jane Kirby) – choosing to act, choosing to relate
Aug 20

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 ...
Flood: To the Sea – bringing refugee stories close to home
Aug 17

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 ...
Ecumenical Youth Council in Europe’s course on the Theology of Migration
Jul 23

Ecumenical Youth Council in Europe’s course on the Theology of Migration

Twenty one young people recently attended a Theology of Migration course held in Stockholm. The Ecumenical Youth Council in Europe organised the week long event to look at the migration and to develop a common theology of migration. The ecumenical delegates from across Europe, Lebanon and ...
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