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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Fr Sean Gilbert: treating refugees as flesh and blood rather than categorising them into ‘boxes’
Jun 24

Fr Sean Gilbert: treating refugees as flesh and blood rather than categorising them into ‘boxes’

The Stories Worth Sharing podcast from the Church of England this week spoke to Fr Sean Gilbert. He was part of a group of young men that Churches Together in Britain and Ireland took to visit refugee projects in Lampedusa and Sicily. Sean is curate at St Leonards on Sea parish in East Sussex. He...
Meet Luca Maria Negro
Jun 5

Meet Luca Maria Negro

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. Meet Luca Maria Negro, the President of the Federation of Protestant Churches in Italy (FCEI). The FCEI set up the work of Mediterranean Hope ...
Humanitarian Corridors – safe and legal access to Europe
Jun 3

Humanitarian Corridors – safe and legal access to Europe

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. Giulia Gori promotes the work of Humanitarian Corridors. This magnificent collaboration between the Italian Government departments of foreign ...
60th anniversary of Christian Aid Week
May 14

60th anniversary of Christian Aid Week

Christian Aid was founded by churches in 1945 to support refugees who had lost their homes and possessions in the Second World War. Twelve years later, Christian Aid Week was launched to help fund the organisation’s work. Theodor Davidovic was a World War II refugee who made Scotland his home ...
We are all migrants as well as hosts
May 14

We are all migrants as well as hosts

Clare McBeath is co-principal of Northern Baptist College and was one of the women who took part in a Churches Together in Britain and Ireland women’s delegation to visit Greece in May 2016. She delivered this reflection as part of CTBI’s AGM, which was held last week in Luther King House in ...
Reflections from CTBI group who visited Mediterranean Hope refugee projects in Lampedusa & Sicily
May 10

Reflections from CTBI group who visited Mediterranean Hope refugee projects in Lampedusa & Sicily

A short video captures reflections of some of the group who spent time with Mediterranean Hope projects in Lampedusa and Sicily in April 2017. The visit was organised by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland.  You can read more about the visit on this Focus on Refugees website.
The ecumenical challenge of migration
May 7

The ecumenical challenge of migration

Bartłomiej Bozek is a member of the Chemin Neuf Community and travelled to Italy to visit Mediterranean Hope projects in April with the delegation of young men organised by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland. We can describe ecumenism as a desire to be together all over again felt by ...
Making precious what is precarious
Apr 28

Making precious what is precarious

Sam Donaldson is a Quaker who lives in Hull and was part of the CTBI delegation that visited Mediterranean Hope refugee projects in Lampedusa and Sicily in April 2017. In this article, he reflects on his experience in Lampedusa. “The idea that some lives matter less is the root of all that’s ...
Administrative error: extra 130 places ‘discovered’ for child refugees under Dubs Scheme
Apr 27

Administrative error: extra 130 places ‘discovered’ for child refugees under Dubs Scheme

Despite the original expectation that 3,000 child refugees who had travelled from Syria to Europe would be brought to the UK under the ‘Dubs Scheme’, the government announced earlier this year that the scheme would close after just 350 unaccompanied migrant children had been resettled. Two ...
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