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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 ...
Fleur Houston: How welcome now are refugees in Europe?
Nov 24

Fleur Houston: How welcome now are refugees in Europe?

Fleur Houston addressed the Churches’ Refugee Network conference in Coventry on Tuesday. The author of You Shall Love the Stranger as Yourself: Biblical Challenges in the Contemporary World took delegates on a tour of European migration policy over the last 12-18 months. You can listen ...
Keep Me Travelling Along With You (CRN conference in Coventry)
Sep 30

Keep Me Travelling Along With You (CRN conference in Coventry)

The Churches Refugee Network is running a day conference on Tuesday 22 November to resource those appointed within the churches and church-related charities to welcome and support forced migrants. To be held in the Coventry Centre for Ministry of Reconciliation, the latest information and best ...
UK on target to resettle 20,000 Syrian refugees by 2020
Sep 13

UK on target to resettle 20,000 Syrian refugees by 2020

The National Audit Office has today reported on the UK Home Office’s Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Programme. Back in September 2015, the then-Prime Minister David Cameron made a commitment to resettle 20,000 Syrian refugees by 2020. 1,000 Syrian refugees were welcomed into the UK by ...
Faith leaders call on UK Gov to “urgently revise its policy towards refugees”
Sep 12

Faith leaders call on UK Gov to “urgently revise its policy towards refugees”

Church leaders across the UK – 224 in total – have signed an open letter to Prime Minister Theresa May calling on the UK Government to “urgently revise its policy towards refugees”. Representing Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jain, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh and Zoroastrian faiths, the signatories say ...
Unicef call for faster family reunification + petition
Sep 7

Unicef call for faster family reunification + petition

UNICEF have added their voice to the call for the UK Government to more speedily honour their promise to help reunite refugee children with families already in the United Kingdom. They’re also running a petition to lobby the Home Secretary. The unaccompanied refugee children of the Calais ...
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