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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.

New Year brings familiar stories of migrant deaths and slavery
Jan 11

New Year brings familiar stories of migrant deaths and slavery

Less the two weeks into 2018 and the statistics on the IOM Migration Flows website paint a tragic picture. By 8 January, 81 people were dead or missing having tried to cross the Mediterranean to Europe. Many news websites highlighted the first boat found to be sinking on the Mediterranean route ...
Human Flow: Ai Weiwei’s perspective-giving primer on global migration
Dec 27

Human Flow: Ai Weiwei’s perspective-giving primer on global migration

Rather than pick a few interesting personal stories out of the millions of displaced people across the globe, Ai Weiwei keeps his focus on the scale of the worldwide Human Flow in his new documentary. By stretching the narrative across 23 different countries, Ai Weiwei also zooms out from the ...
First Christmas as the mother of a young infant
Dec 26

First Christmas as the mother of a young infant

One conversation in April this year returns to me more than any other this year. It lurks in my mind and its memory steps out into the path of my thinking when I least suspect it. Over the last couple of days in church as we’ve sung familiar carols about the birth of Christ, my...
Welcome Churches
Dec 4

Welcome Churches

The vision of the Welcome Churches organisation is “for every refugee in the UK to be welcomed by their local church”. To that end they are offering UK churches the resources and training to make congregations into welcoming communities, including how to: provide help and support to refugees ...
UK churches support #LockedInLimbo statelessness campaign
Nov 28

UK churches support #LockedInLimbo statelessness campaign

The #LockedInLimbo campaign draws attention to the estimated 10 million people worldwide who are stateless. Unlike citizens which have the right to have rights, people who are stateless are – according to the 1954 Statelessness Convention – “not considered as a national by any state under the ...
This Beach (Brokentalkers) – challenging attitudes to otherness through theatre
Nov 26

This Beach (Brokentalkers) – challenging attitudes to otherness through theatre

As I went to bed on Saturday evening, the radio news bulletin announced the tragic news that over 30 migrants including children had died off the coast of Libya when their boat capsized. The Libyan coastguard had rescued around 60 people from the water and another 140 people in a second boat. ...
Invisible voices: findings from Refugees Reporting research
Nov 16

Invisible voices: findings from Refugees Reporting research

The results of the Refugees Reporting project’s research found that 92% of UK news items on asylum and migration neither identify an individual refugee or migrant nor include their voice or experience. Across the seven European countries that were studied in this initial research, the UK was ...
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 ...