Churches, Church leaders and aid organisations across Britain and Ireland are responding to the refugee crisis calling on their governments to take action, encouraging donations from church members and providing support where possible, often through partner organisations. Below we list the main initiatives from the churches, plus news relating to refugees and migration. Updated 9 […]
Asylum and Refugees
Asylum detention in the UK
The UK has 12 immigration detention centres. Figures suggest that roughly half of those who claim asylum will be detained at some point during, or at the end of, the asylum process. During 2012, 13,161 asylum seekers entered detention and 13,361 left detention [Refugee Council, April 2013].
A significant percentage of asylum detainees are bereaved, tortured, traumatised – even suicidal. Legal Aid for asylum has been severely curtailed and so many detainees now get perfunctory legal representation, with neither time nor resources to prepare evidence or expert reports for the courts.
Churches’ Refugee Network
The Churches’ Refugee Network (CRN) aims to provide a collective and ecumenical voice on issues of asylum and immigration.
Here you’ll find a range of resources that we hope will be helpful in your work. We’d also like to hear from you about your work, your concerns and your achievements.
Each year the CRN also hosts a conference looking at current issues relating to refugees and asylum. Details of future conferences will be posted here.
In advance of MPs returning to Parliament on Monday 7 January 2019, faith representatives published a letter in the Sunday Telegraph on 6 January 2019 urging the government to rethink its approach to immigration and to move away from a hostile environment towards a culture of sanctuary. Those signing the letter included Bob Fyffe, General […]
Church leaders in Europe have signed a statement calling for a welcoming and inclusive approach to refugees and migrants. It has been handed to the European Parliament’s 1st Vice President, Mairead McGuinness, at the conclusion of a festive ceremony. The statement has been issued jointly by the Churches’ Commission for Migrants (CCME) and the Conference of […]
Focus on Refugees reports on the latest meeting of CTBI’s Churches’ Refugee Network (CRN). CRN considered the opportunity to develop better Church engagement with Refugee Week (running in 2019 between 17–23 June) and how CTBI’s support of Churches of Sanctuary could feed into this and existing plans for the first annual Windrush Day on 22 […]
The issue With #LiftTheBan, the campaign to give people seeking asylum the right to work, in full flow this Weekly Focus continues the reflection around refugees and asylum. This week’s focus is based on Liberation and Entrapment project: Mission And Migration from the Mission Theology Advisory Group (MTAG), which asks ‘What kind of world does […]
Update: 25 October 2018. Conservative MP Dame Caroline Spelman secured a Westminster Hall debate on Wednesday 24 October 2018 “That this House has considered asylum seekers’ right to work”. You can read a full transcript of the debate via Hansard. There was a very open response by the Immigration Minister, Caroline Nokes MP that included: […]
A declaration following the 15th European Asylum Conference, which met from 15 to 20 October 2018 in Chios and Athens, calls for measures to improve the situation for refugees seeking sanctuary in Europe. These include an end to the EU asylum regime of ‘hotspots’; the establishment of ways of safe passage into Europe; a true […]
A campaign to give people seeking asylum the right to work has been launched by a coalition of over 100 organisations and faith groups, including the CTBI Churches’ Refugee Network (CRN) and five major churches. This Weekly Focus, taken from ‘Hospitality and Sanctuary for All’, our resource for Racial Justice Sunday 2015 written by Inderjit Bhogal, looks at the redemptive gift in the suffering of the stranger.
On Sat 27 October 2018, this theological event aims to: Honour Christian work for justice for refugees and migrants; Raise our eyes beyond crisis responses; Seek guidance in the sources of our faith; and Ask ourselves what we can do better, what more we can do and what we should do next. It intends to […]
A message upholding the institution of asylum for those fleeing from war, persecution or natural disaster, and invoking respect for the rights for all people on the move, has been issued by participants at a conference addressing xenophobia, racism and populist nationalism in the context of global migration. The conference, held in Rome from 18 […]