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UNHCR’s priorities for the next UK Government #GE2017
May 30

UNHCR’s priorities for the next UK Government #GE2017

Ahead of the 8 June UK general election, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has outlined six priorities that it is asking whoever forms the next UK government to take forward for asylum and refugee reform. Increase the number of refugees resettled in the UK to at least 10,000 a year. This represents ...
Administrative error: extra 130 places ‘discovered’ for child refugees under Dubs Scheme
Apr 27

Administrative error: extra 130 places ‘discovered’ for child refugees under Dubs Scheme

Despite the original expectation that 3,000 child refugees who had travelled from Syria to Europe would be brought to the UK under the ‘Dubs Scheme’, the government announced earlier this year that the scheme would close after just 350 unaccompanied migrant children had been resettled. Two ...
Humanitarian corridors – addressing extreme danger faced by refugees
Apr 25

Humanitarian corridors – addressing extreme danger faced by refugees

Damian Jackson is programme officer at the Irish Council of Churches and co-led the team of young men on CTBI’s recent visit to refugee projects on Sicily and Lampedusa. He writes today on the Irish Council of Churches’ blog about the visit whose purpose was “to gain an understanding of the ...
Humanitarian Corridor opens from Lebanon to France, building on Italian pilot
Mar 28

Humanitarian Corridor opens from Lebanon to France, building on Italian pilot

An agreement has now been signed to open a humanitarian corridor from Lebanon to France. Last month, an Italian humanitarian corridor pilot project which has brought approximately 700 Syrian refugees safely and legally from Lebanon to Italy celebrated its first anniversary. Pastor Luca Maria ...
“This is too important to get wrong when children’s lives and futures are at risk”
Mar 7

“This is too important to get wrong when children’s lives and futures are at risk”

When the UK Government announced that it was closing the ‘Dubs scheme’, one of the reasons given was that the scheme acted as a ‘pull’ which “encourages the people traffickers”. The Home Affairs Select Committee heard testimony from organisations including UNICEF and Save the Children. In their ...
UK Government to “review any new information from children formerly resident in the Calais camp”
Feb 20

UK Government to “review any new information from children formerly resident in the Calais camp”

The Guardian report this morning that the UK Home Office has “agreed to review asylum applications from child refugees in France after it emerged that several had returned to the site of the former Calais camp in a renewed effort to make the crossing to the UK”. After the closure of the ...
Reaction to closure of Lord Dubs unaccompanied child refugee scheme
Feb 9

Reaction to closure of Lord Dubs unaccompanied child refugee scheme

200 child refugees have been brought to the UK under the ‘Dubs Scheme’. However, this week the UK government have announced that the scheme that was set up to help some of the estimated 90,000 unaccompanied migrant children across Europe will close once a further 150 children have ...
Just two families resettled under UK community refugee sponsorship scheme
Jan 19

Just two families resettled under UK community refugee sponsorship scheme

Six months after its launch at Lambeth Palace, the British Government’s community refugee sponsorship scheme has welcomed just two Syrian families to the UK. The Guardian newspaper reports comments by the The Open Society Foundation saying that the delay “risked squandering the resources of ...
7 priority actions to protect all refugee and migrant children
Nov 30

7 priority actions to protect all refugee and migrant children

78 organisations active in the field of children’s rights have strongly welcomed the focus on protecting children in migration at year’s European Forum on the Rights of the Child and they have identified seven priority ways in which EU leaders can better protect children. At least 1 in 3 people ...
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