Scottish Faiths Action for Refugees works with Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Interfaith groups acting in partnership through common values and telling their story of hospitality and welcome.
Faith groups and individual members in Scotland have lived and worked alongside refugees and asylum seekers, often in partnership with members of other faiths and with voluntary and statutory agencies. In many places at a local level faith communities in Scotland have a degree of experience and understanding of the issues.
Based around the themes of policy, action and resources, Scottish Faiths Action for Refugees’ website is updated with news and events throughout Scotland, and offers signposts to existing refugee networks and services. Volunteer opportunities through the Scotland Welcomes Refugees and other initiatives are highlighted.
Scottish Faiths Action for Refugees aim to:
- advise members of faith communities in Scotland on practical, societal and ethical issues relating to refugees and asylum seekers;
- support and encourage faith-based humanitarian and advocacy efforts to promote the welfare of refugees and asylum seekers, and propose and co-ordinate joint initiatives;
- challenge rhetoric in politics and the media which demeans refuges and asylum seekers or which seeks to exploit their vulnerability;
- develop projects to assist with refugee and asylum seeker integration in Scotland;
- encourage deeper interfaith working amongst Scotland’s faith communities and stronger ecumenical relations amongst churches in Scotland;
- develop a longer term strategy to support the engagement of Scottish faith communities with asylum seekers and refugees over the next generation.