News

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

CTBI Churches’ Refugee Network updates (September 2018)
Sep 22

CTBI Churches’ Refugee Network updates (September 2018)

CTBI’s Churches’ Refugee Network met on 13 September and discussed how CRN could widen its reach and more effectively share information amongst its network of Christian faith-based organisations and beyond to smaller churches and communities. Among other discussions, the meeting heard about the ...
Lord Dubs launches petition: safe passage to UK for 10,000 child refugees
Sep 5

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, ...
Call for UK Gov to protect 10,000 child refugees
Sep 2

Call for UK Gov to protect 10,000 child refugees

On the third anniversary of the death of Alan Kurdi, faith leaders from Jewish, Muslim and Christian traditions have called on the UK Government to “match the efforts of the Kindertransport” and provide 10,000 child refugees with protection in the UK. Update – Lord Dubs has launched a ...
Italian church launches Welcome Manifesto
Aug 31

Italian church launches Welcome Manifesto

The board of the Federation of Protestant Churches in Italy (FCEI) recently launched a Welcome Manifesto [view in translation] that says ‘no’ to xenophobia and describes every form of racism as a theological heresy. FCEI President Luca Maria Negro spoke about what had triggered the development ...
City of Sanctuary Mental Health Resource Pack
Aug 28

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 ...
Child citizenship fees: a barrier to education
Aug 8

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 ...
A growing tolerance post-Brexit referendum?
Jul 17

A growing tolerance post-Brexit referendum?

There were fears, accusations and even some evidence that the UK’s Brexit decision was followed by intolerance and an increase in hate crime. The results of a survey on British social attitudes by the National Centre for Social Research show an increasingly positive attitude towards ...
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 ...