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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...
Lives in Translation: new play highlights inadequacy of asylum system #BelFest
Oct 26

Lives in Translation: new play highlights inadequacy of asylum system #BelFest

Theatre can confront audiences with stories and people that they would normally not hear or see. Last night the premiere performance of a new play Lives in Translation took place in Belfast. The three-handed play tells the story of one Somali woman who fled from Mogadishu. Yet Asha does not ...
CTBI Churches’ Refugee Network meets
Oct 16

CTBI Churches’ Refugee Network meets

The CTBI Churches’ Refugee Network formally met today for the first time. It’s the result of a merger between the well established Churches’ Refugee Network (which included representatives of churches, practitioners working directly with asylum seekers and people with theological resources in ...
Workshop on Faith Networks for Service Delivery and Advocacy for Refugees (London, 19 October)
Oct 12

Workshop on Faith Networks for Service Delivery and Advocacy for Refugees (London, 19 October)

Migration Exchange is hosting a learning and skill-sharing workshop in London on the afternoon of Thursday 19 October. The workshop will examine faith networks in service delivery and advocacy for refugees, migrants and asylum seeker and will provide space for reflection, learning and ...
Gardens Speak – unearthing Syrian stories from beyond the grave #BelFest
Oct 11

Gardens Speak – unearthing Syrian stories from beyond the grave #BelFest

I’m slowly walking back up Belfast’s Botanic Avenue at about a third of pace I would usually strike. There is earth under some of my fingernails. A to do list of a thousand and one things no longer seem so urgent. I’m preoccupied with the live of one young man who died near the beginning...
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