Northern Ireland

UK and Ireland map with focus on Northern IrelandYou’ll find news, practical action, policies and faith resources that relate to Northern Ireland in this section of the website.

Over the coming weeks, organisations and websites that make a particular contribution in the context of Northern Ireland will be added to this list.

 

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 ...
Resources about Statelessness #LockedInLimbo
Dec 1

Resources about Statelessness #LockedInLimbo

Last October, a set of twelve Biblical reflections were published by the World Council of Churches under the title I Belong: Biblical Reflections on Statelessness. They are available to purchase online (UK/US). In an era marked by migration, refugees and displacement, the growing problem of ...
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 ...
“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 ...
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...