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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.

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 ...
Myth busting the refugee crisis
Jun 5

Myth busting the refugee crisis

Writing in Tuesday’s Guardian newspaper, Daniel Trilling busts five myths about the refugee crisis in a long read that deconstructs some of the beliefs that shape policy and public opinion. Myth 1. The crisis is over. Myth 2. We can neatly separate ‘refugees’ from ‘economic migrants’ Myth 3. ...
United Against Racism study materials
Jun 1

United Against Racism study materials

The ACT Now! Unite to End Racism campaign has published a book to help individuals, small groups and congregations to confront racism within their own lives and the lives of their churches. The ‘ACT’ stands for awaken, confront, transform. United Against Racism reflects the National Council of ...
Becoming Human Together theological reflection published
May 30

Becoming Human Together theological reflection published

A new theological reflection on migration – Becoming Human Together – has been published [PDF] by Christian Aid Scotland and Scottish Faiths Action for Refugees. The resource explores how Christian Reformed theology relates to faith and forced migration and was part inspired by last summer’s ...
Responding to the hostile environment policy
May 16

Responding to the hostile environment policy

CTBI’s Churches’ Refugee Network met last week and among a number of other topics, the attendees discussed the UK government’s ‘hostile environment’ policy and the recent U-turn on the deportation of the Windrush generation. Revd Fleur Houston – author of the book You Shall Love the Stranger as ...
Could your church or group screen The Peace Between?
May 14

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 ...
Martin Kettle: Don’t you love illegal immigrants?
May 9

Martin Kettle: Don’t you love illegal immigrants?

Revd Martin Kettle is a policy advisor to the Church of England. Writing in a personal capacity, he recently penned a guest post titled ‘Don’t you love illegal immigrants?’ about othering, hostile environments and Christian love that was published on the blog of Bishop of Croydon, The Right ...
Increased numbers of refugees arriving at Greek land borders and islands
May 1

Increased numbers of refugees arriving at Greek land borders and islands

The Greek Reporter news agency reports that the Greek Government’s Minister for Migration has expressed “deep concern” over the increasing trend of refugee and migrant flows to the country in recent weeks. “The increasing flows in the islands do not scare me because we know what to do. It is ...