Posts Tagged “community sponsorship”

Asylum and refugee projects shortlisted for Liberty award

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Asylum and refugee projects shortlisted for Liberty award

Residents of the small Welsh market town of Narberth have been shortlisted for Liberty’s 2017 Human Rights Awards. Croeso Arberth and the people of Narberth have been nominated “for their work to provide a safe haven for refugee families fleeing war and terror”. As a community they were unwilling to stand by and watch the…

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Irish Government announce community sponsorship programme

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Irish Government announce community sponsorship programme

The Irish government has announced that it is to develop a community sponsorship programme for refugees. The new commitment was made at the annual Concordia Summit in New York on the anniversary of the New York Declaration which was adopted at the UN’s high-level summit on refugees and migrants in September 2016 which Ireland was…

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£1m UK Gov injection to support community sponsorship groups

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£1m UK Gov injection to support community sponsorship groups

Marking the one year anniversary of the operation of the UK’s community sponsorship scheme, the Home Secretary Amber Rudd announced £1 million of funding over two years to support community groups who want to help resettle refugees fleeing the war in Syria. This time last year, the Archbishop of Canterbury welcomed a Syrian refugee family to…

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“This problem is not going away: it’s getting bigger”

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“This problem is not going away: it’s getting bigger”

A year after the Archbishop of Canterbury welcomed a Syrian refugee family to live at Lambeth Palace, it seems that the community sponsorship scheme – which initially struggled to gain momentum due to Home Office processes that were not well oiled – seems to be picking up speed. Mayor David Henderson from Brockville Ontario in…

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Wimbledon Salvation Army encourage community sponsorship

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Wimbledon Salvation Army encourage community sponsorship

Did you know that Merton is the first borough in London – and only the third in the UK – to resettle a Syrian refugee family through the UK Home Office’s community sponsorship scheme? The Salvation Army has sponsored a family to resettle in Merton. They applaud the local community spirit – from local people,…

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Just two families resettled under UK community refugee sponsorship scheme

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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 hundreds of volunteers happy to help save the government time and…

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Birmingham Methodists join community sponsorship scheme

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Birmingham Methodists join community sponsorship scheme

The Methodist Church in Birmingham will be the first organisation in the city to support a family of Syrian refugees under the UK government’s community sponsorship scheme that was launched in July. The Birmingham Mail explains: The family of four will form part of Birmingham’s commitment to take in 500 Syrian refugees over the next…

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UK Community Sponsorship Scheme launched

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UK Community Sponsorship Scheme launched

The UK Home Office has launched the community refugee sponsorship scheme to enable community groups (including charities, faith groups, churches and businesses) to take on the role of supporting resettled refugees in the UK. Lambeth Palace is the first community group to be approved to receive a refugee family. They have also launched an online…

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