Posts Tagged “asylum”

Irish Supreme Court: asylum work ban unconstitutional

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Irish Supreme Court: asylum work ban unconstitutional

The Irish Supreme Court have found that “in principle” the ban in the Refugee Act on asylum seekers seeking employment is contrary to the constitutional right to seek employment. The appeal was taken by a Burmese man who was unable to take paid employment during the eight years it took to be granted refugee status….

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A Very British Nativity – raising questions about welcome, accommodation and work

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A Very British Nativity – raising questions about welcome, accommodation and work

“It’s time to give the asylum seekers of today the dignity they deserve.” That’s the final line in A Very British Nativity video that has been produced by The Joint Public Issues Team and released during advent. The reimagined Nativity uses humour to remind audiences that life for asylum seekers in the UK is anything…

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Refugees Welcome NI launches accommodation project

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Refugees Welcome NI launches accommodation project

Do you have room to spare? Refugees Welcome Northern Ireland is now up and running and looking for hosts to accommodate refugees. You can register on their website. Refugees Welcome matches offers of accommodation in people’s homes with refugees who need somewhere to live. It offers people a chance to help in a very practical way…

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Asylum seekers trained in Global Kitchen

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Asylum seekers trained in Global Kitchen

On Thursday evening, a group of asylum seekers and refugees were presented with certificates to mark their successful completion of the Global Kitchen catering course. Trainer Mark Humphries was joined by NI Executive’s Finance Minister and South Belfast MLA Máirtín Ó Muilleoir. The participants received rigorous training in international cookery and food hygiene in a…

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Made for Goodness: a faithful response to the refugee crisis

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Made for Goodness: a faithful response to the refugee crisis

The Made For Goodness report from the Joint Public Issues Team was published in time to be presented at this week’s conference of the Methodist Church in Great Britain in London. The briefing examines the history and consequences of the current humanitarian crisis, includes biblical reflection, and highlights four specific areas that churches can engage with…

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The Right to Remain Toolkit – a guide to the UK immigration & asylum system

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The Right to Remain Toolkit – a guide to the UK immigration & asylum system

The Right to Remain Toolkit is a guide to the UK immigration and asylum system. It gives an overview of the legal system and procedures, with detailed information on rights and options at key stages, and actions you can take in support of your claim, or to help someone else. Understanding the asylum and immigration…

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UK All-Party Parliamentary report finds inadequate assessment of religion-based asylum claims

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UK All-Party Parliamentary report finds inadequate assessment of religion-based asylum claims

The religious blog Archbishop Cramer highlights a new report from the Westminster All Party Parliamentary Group for International Freedom of Religion or Belief. The politicians had gathered evidence about the quality of the assessment of religion-based asylum claims in the UK and the impact of the asylum procedure on the fairness and quality of decision-making….

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Disproving the oft-repeated statistic that the average stay in a refugee camp is 17 years?

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Disproving the oft-repeated statistic that the average stay in a refugee camp is 17 years?

Is it really true that the average stay in a refugee camp is now 17 years? That was a question asked on a recent episode of BBC World Service’s More or Less programme that examines the facts behind quoted statistics. The statistic seems to originate in a nine year old UNHCR publication and whilst referring…

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Jubilee Centre: Safe Haven?

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Jubilee Centre: Safe Haven?

The Jubilee Centre is a Christian social reform organisation offering a biblical perspective on contemporary issues and underlying trends in society. Responding to the European refugee crisis, the Jubilee Centre has produced a five minute film to present some of the challenges and responses with a focus on what can be done now by local…

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Church guide to welcoming asylum seekers

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Church guide to welcoming asylum seekers

A guide to welcoming asylum seekers has been published by Churches Together in the Merseyside Region. The booklet’s introduction explains: This guide has been triggered by the international refugee crisis as it has unfolded through 2015 into 2016. It is inspired by the needs to respond to the Gospel, to the injunction to ‘welcome the…

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