Practical Action

Lift the Ban on people seeking asylum working

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Lift the Ban on people seeking asylum working

The Lift the Ban coalition is calling for the right to work for people seeking asylum, and their adult dependants, after six months of having lodged an asylum claim or further submission, unconstrained by the Shortage Occupation List. People currently seeking asylum in the UK are effectively prohibited from working. They can only apply to…

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Those Who Dream: Christian Responses to Migration (27 October)

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Those Who Dream: Christian Responses to Migration (27 October)

Union Chapel in Islington are hosting an event around Those Who Dream: Christian Reflections on Europe’s Responses to Migration in Europe on Saturday 27 October. The theological event aims to: honour Christian work for justice for refugees and migrants; raise delegates’ eyes beyond crisis responses; seek guidance in the sources of our faith; and ask what…

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Lord Dubs launches petition: safe passage to UK for 10,000 child refugees

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Lord Dubs launches petition: safe passage to UK for 10,000 child refugees

Lord Dubs whose life was saved by Kindertransport has launched a petition calling on the UK Prime Minister Theresa May to act in the spirit of 80 years ago and make a commitment to give safe passage to 10,000 child refugees from Europe and the regions over the next 10 years. Over the weekend, faith…

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City of Sanctuary Mental Health Resource Pack

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City of Sanctuary Mental Health Resource Pack

City of Sanctuary have published a Mental Health Resource Pack [PDF] to help readers understand the circumstances of refugees and asylum seekers’ lives and how these circumstances affect their emotional wellbeing. The 56-page booklet’s introduction explains that “it is designed to give you a real understanding of the lives of asylum seekers and refugees.” “We hope…

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Child citizenship fees: a barrier to education

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Child citizenship fees: a barrier to education

The Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration is currently inspecting the UK Home Office’s approach to charging for its services in respect of its asylum, immigration, nationality and customs functions. The inspection will look at the rationale and authority for particular charges, including the amounts charged. It will also look at whether the Home…

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University scholarships for people who have claimed asylum in the UK

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University scholarships for people who have claimed asylum in the UK

More than 60 universities now offer Equal Access university scholarships, bursaries or fee waivers to people who have claimed asylum in the UK. Student Action for Refugees (STAR) maintain a list of participating institutions. A new scheme developed in partnership with Reading Refugee Support Group and Reading University Students’ Union will provide up to 14…

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Refugee Week in Northern Ireland (18-24 June 2018)

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Refugee Week in Northern Ireland (18-24 June 2018)

Refugee Week has been celebrated across the UK annually for 20 years. Libraries across Northern Ireland along with other venues are hosting events during Refugee Week. Monday 18 June The Belfast Falls Road Library is the venue for Music Building Bridges between 4pm and 5pm. Tuesday 19. Belfast’s Whiterock Library will host a storytime and…

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Refugee Week 2018 in Wales (18-24 June)

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Refugee Week 2018 in Wales (18-24 June)

Refugee Week has been celebrated across the UK annually for 20 years. The Welsh Refugee Council’s focus this year is celebrating sanctuary: the people who find sanctuary in Wales, as well as the people and organisations who work to make newcomers feel welcome and to defend and uphold their human rights. The Council’s art programme…

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Could your church or group screen The Peace Between?

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Could your church or group screen The Peace Between?

The Peace Between is a short film that features three friendships between a European and an asylum seeker or refugee. It’s a film about people and friendship rather than politics and it has been supported by the European Evangelical Alliance (EEA) “It’s portrays a metaphorical road trip through the lives of six characters in three…

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Community Sponsorship Guide

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Community Sponsorship Guide

A step-by-step guide to preparing your community group to welcome a refugee family has been published by Social Finance, Good Faith Partnership, Refugee Action and Church Response For Refugees. The guide breaks down the UK Home Office process into small steps and explains how the many criteria can be met. The authors of the Community…

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