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The news section contains up to date information about events, publications, statements, and links to current affairs stories about migration and asylum issues.

Aquarius in port: last large vessel withdraws from Mediterranean refugee rescue
Dec 8

Aquarius in port: last large vessel withdraws from Mediterranean refugee rescue

Back in June, the refugee rescue ship Aquarius was at the centre of a media storm when Matteo Salvini, Italy’s interior minister, refused permission for it to dock, forcing the transfer at sea of some refugees to coastguard vessels (that were allowed to dock) and a long journey to Spain for ...
Intern opportunity with Refugee Week for people from refugee backgrounds
Nov 26

Intern opportunity with Refugee Week for people from refugee backgrounds

Counterpoints Arts are inviting applications for a new programme for emerging leaders to support the production of Refugee Week 2019. Funded by Ben and Jerry’s Foundation, this new leadership project aims to ensure the perspectives and expertise of people who have experienced displacement are ...
Update from CTBI Churches’ Refugee Network
Nov 22

Update from CTBI Churches’ Refugee Network

CTBIs Churches’ Refugee Network met again today with representation around the table and on the phone from a variety of denominations and organisations working around the UK and Ireland. CRN considered the opportunity to develop better church engagement with Refugee Week (running in 2019 ...
Lift the Ban on people seeking asylum working
Oct 28

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 ...
European Asylum Conference declaration
Oct 23

European Asylum Conference declaration

150 asylum experts from churches and civil society last week issued a declaration calling on an end to the EU asylum regime of hotspots and the establishment of ways of safe passage into Europe. The 15th European Asylum Conference began on Chios, an Aegean island, where the delegates were ...
Those Who Dream: Christian Responses to Migration (27 October)
Oct 4

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 ...
Resilience Toolbox – strategies for coping with pressure in refugee ministry (17 November)
Oct 3

Resilience Toolbox – strategies for coping with pressure in refugee ministry (17 November)

Working with refugees and asylum seekers often means helping people in very difficult situations and hearing traumatic, personal stories. Pressure can build very quickly. It is easy to feel overwhelmed and, if we’re not careful, for compassion fatigue to set in. That’s the thinking behind ...
Refugee Highway Partnership Roundtable 2019 in Sarajevo (4-8 February)
Sep 29

Refugee Highway Partnership Roundtable 2019 in Sarajevo (4-8 February)

The Refugee Highway Partnership is running its Roundtable 2019 on 4–8 February in Sarajevo. Around 150 refugee workers along with church and mission leaders from across Europe are expected to attend this 17th annual event to be encouraged and share resources, best practices and practical ideas ...
28 Tales for 28 Days
Sep 28

28 Tales for 28 Days

The UK is the only country in Europe that detains people indefinitely. 28 Tales for 28 Days is an initiative from Refugee Tales to help generate a conversation around a call for an end to the UK’s policy of indefinite detention. Each day, for 28 days, the story of someone who has experienced ...