News

The news section contains up to date information about events, publications, statements, and links to current affairs stories about migration and asylum issues.

Responding to the hostile environment policy
May 16

Responding to the hostile environment policy

CTBI’s Churches’ Refugee Network met last week and among a number of other topics, the attendees discussed the UK government’s ‘hostile environment’ policy and the recent U-turn on the deportation of the Windrush generation. Revd Fleur Houston – author of the book You Shall Love the Stranger as ...
Could your church or group screen The Peace Between?
May 14

Could your church or group screen The Peace Between?

The Peace Between is a short film that features three friendships between a European and an asylum seeker or refugee. It’s a film about people and friendship rather than politics and it has been supported by the European Evangelical Alliance (EEA) “It’s portrays a metaphorical road trip through ...
Martin Kettle: Don’t you love illegal immigrants?
May 9

Martin Kettle: Don’t you love illegal immigrants?

Revd Martin Kettle is a policy advisor to the Church of England. Writing in a personal capacity, he recently penned a guest post titled ‘Don’t you love illegal immigrants?’ about othering, hostile environments and Christian love that was published on the blog of Bishop of Croydon, The Right ...
Increased numbers of refugees arriving at Greek land borders and islands
May 1

Increased numbers of refugees arriving at Greek land borders and islands

The Greek Reporter news agency reports that the Greek Government’s Minister for Migration has expressed “deep concern” over the increasing trend of refugee and migrant flows to the country in recent weeks. “The increasing flows in the islands do not scare me because we know what to do. It is ...
Italian judge frees NGO Proactiva’s Open Arms vessel
Apr 30

Italian judge frees NGO Proactiva’s Open Arms vessel

The Preliminary Investigative Judge of Ragusa, Giovanni Giampiccolo, has ordered the release of the Open Arms, a ship operated by the Spanish NGO Proactiva. According to a Reuters report that had visibility of the court order, “the rescue on March 15 of 218 migrants off the Libyan coast by ...
“the only right, pragmatic, humane, fair & positive step for any government to take is amnesty, or regularisation of immigration status”
Apr 28

“the only right, pragmatic, humane, fair & positive step for any government to take is amnesty, or regularisation of immigration status”

In an article on the openDemocracy website, Zrinka Bralo argues that “in a free and fair society, amnesty for all migrants stuck within yet excluded from our dysfunctional system is the only workable reparation for the government’s hostile environment immigration policies”. Over recent weeks ...
Community Sponsorship Guide
Mar 23

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 ...
Supporting English Language Learning
Mar 23

Supporting English Language Learning

Churches Together in the Merseyside Region have produced another guide in their Welcoming the Stranger series. Supporting English Language Learning is aimed at faith and community groups who want to support English language learning among migrants, people seeking asylum and refugees in their ...
Mediterranean Hope: new sea rescue collaboration by Italian churches
Mar 23

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 ...