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Legal aid to be restored to unaccompanied and separated children
Jul 16

Legal aid to be restored to unaccompanied and separated children

Two UK government policy changes are highlighted in a new article on the Free Movement website. Following on from a judicial review by the Children’s Society, the Justice Minister Lucy Frazer QC has announced the government’s plans to “lay an amendment to the Legal Aid, Sentencing and ...
UK Government pauses hostile environment data-sharing
Jul 12

UK Government pauses hostile environment data-sharing

This morning, Labour MP David Lammy was granted an Urgent Question in the House of Commons to ask about (in his own words) “[the Home Secretary’s] cynical decision to bury the Home Office’s admission of failures over the Hostile Environment during the England match.” Home Sec. @sajidjavid made ...
Opportunity to embrace imminent Irish community sponsorship scheme
Jul 11

Opportunity to embrace imminent Irish community sponsorship scheme

Damian Jackson from the Irish Council of Churches (ICC) co-led CTBI’s visit to refugee projects in Lampedusa and Sicily last year. He has written about Ireland’s upcoming community sponsorship scheme over on the ICC blog. “A couple of months ago, I and a group of church representatives working ...
Nadine Daniel speaking about migration, refugees and sponsorship
Jul 10

Nadine Daniel speaking about migration, refugees and sponsorship

Nadine Daniel is national refugee welcome coordinator for the Church of England. She addressed the CTBI annual general meeting in Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral back in May. A resident of Toxteth, she welcomed the delegates to Liverpool. While the word ‘welcome’ was an important emphasis in ...
University scholarships for people who have claimed asylum in the UK
Jul 5

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 ...
Report on a CTBI return trip to Italy
Jul 4

Report on a CTBI return trip to Italy

CTBI’s Christine Elliott visited Italy with Bala Gnanapragasam (who is now vice president of the Methodist Church in Britain) between 17 and 21 April 2018. Cowardice asks the question, is it safe? Expediency asks the question, is it politic? Vanity asks the question, is it popular? But, ...
Sanctuary Sunday – rationale and resources
Jun 21

Sanctuary Sunday – rationale and resources

Where does the idea of sanctuary come from? And why Sanctuary Sunday? The Bible contains the command to “love your neighbour as yourself.” Yet this commandment is stated only once in Hebrew Scriptures (Leviticus 19:18). On the other hand there is an oft-repeated requirement in Hebrew Scriptures ...
End Hostility report from Joint Public Issues Team
Jun 21

End Hostility report from Joint Public Issues Team

The Joint Public Issues Team (JPIT) have launched their End Hostility report [PDF] calling for an end to the ‘hostile environment’, starting with a full independent review of Home Office immigration policy and practice which examines the damaging effect the policies of the hostile environment ...
Rescue vessel #Aquarius refused permission to dock in Italy (updated)
Jun 11

Rescue vessel #Aquarius refused permission to dock in Italy (updated)

A ship carrying 629 people rescued from the Mediterranean has been refused permission to dock in an Italian port. The BBC report: A rescue vessel carrying 629 migrants is stranded in the Mediterranean after Italy’s new interior minister refused permission for it to dock. Matteo Salvini, leader ...