Posts Tagged “refugee”

Greek PM asked to end island containment policy

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Greek PM asked to end island containment policy

In an open letter, nineteen aid organisations and human rights groups have called on Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to end the “containment policy” which traps asylum seekers on the islands and “to immediately transfer asylum seekers to the mainland and meet their protection needs.” The groups include ActionAid, Amnesty International, Care, Danish Refugee Council, Human…

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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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Scotland welcomes 1,000th Syrian refugee under resettlement programme

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Scotland welcomes 1,000th Syrian refugee under resettlement programme

David Bradwell who heads up Scottish Faiths Action for Refugees is quoted in a BBC News article marking the milestone of 1,000 Syrian refugees being welcomed to Scotland through the UK Government’s Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Programme. That’s 35% of the UK total of 2,800 so far. The overall UK target is to resettle 20,000 refugees over…

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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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The privilege of choosing to travel rather than the choice being between death and taking your chances somewhere new

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The privilege of choosing to travel rather than the choice being between death and taking your chances somewhere new

Sarah Moore is a minister of the United Reformed Church currently serving in Cumbria, England. In addition to this she is currently a trustee of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI), an ecumenical body consisting of 39 member churches and 37 bodies in association, whose work is to serve the churches of Britain and…

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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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Greek authorities begin evacuation of Idomeni refugee camp

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Greek authorities begin evacuation of Idomeni refugee camp

An Associated Press report appeared in the Kathimerini English Edition daily newspaper published in Athens on Tuesday. It explained that Greek authorities had begun to evacuate the Idomeni refugee camp. Lying on the border with Macedonia, Idomeni is the largest informal refugee camp in Greece. Residents are being moved to newly completed ‘official’ camps, for example in Thessaloniki. The…

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I Am A Refugee – JCWI to launch blue plaques to celebrate contributions of refugees

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I Am A Refugee – JCWI to launch blue plaques to celebrate contributions of refugees

During the 2015 UK General Election campaign, the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI)  “challenged some of the toxic discourse around immigration” through their I Am An Immigrant website and posters. They plan to launch a follow-up I Am A Refugee campaign on World Refugee Day (20 June) and are seeking crowdfunding to finance…

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A year on … Colin Yeo: The Human Cost of Borders

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A year on … Colin Yeo: The Human Cost of Borders

Colin Yeo is an immigration and asylum lawyer in London and edits the Free Movement blog. In April 2015 he delivered a talk at a TEDxEastEnd Salon event on The Human Cost of Borders. In just fifteen minutes Colin highlights the impact of border controls on both migrants and those working in the immigration system. He works with…

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