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

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 ...
Refugee Family Reunion Bill passes next stage in UK Parliament #FamiliesTogether
Mar 18

Refugee Family Reunion Bill passes next stage in UK Parliament #FamiliesTogether

The Refugee Family Reunion Bill passed another stage in its progression through the UK Parliament with its second reading in the House of Commons on 16 March 2018. Introduced as a Private Members Bill by the SNP’s Angus MacNeil back in July 2017, the proposed legislation hopes to improve the ...
What is a Sanctuary Meeting? Quakers in Britain’s Tatiana Garavito explains …
Feb 21

What is a Sanctuary Meeting? Quakers in Britain’s Tatiana Garavito explains …

At the recent CTBI Churches’ Refugee Network conference, Tatiana Garavito introduced the Quaker programme of Sanctuary Meetings. A racial justice activist and organiser, Tatiana was just three weeks into her new role as Sanctuary Everywhere Programme Manager with Quakers in Britain. ...
Christian Aid briefing about IDP campaign
Feb 11

Christian Aid briefing about IDP campaign

At CTBI’s recent Churches’ Refugee Network conference in London, John Plant and Jenny Brown presented some of Christian Aid‘s early thinking about a campaign later this year that will be focussed on Internally Displaced People. John spoke first and reminded delegates about the ...