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, … [Read more...]
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.
Pope Francis has launched Share the Journey, a campaign in support of refugees and migrants, backed by more than 200 Catholic organisations including CAFOD and Caritas Social Action in England and Wales. 'Hope is the desire to share the … [Read more...]
Many asylum seekers worship in our churches and join in the life of the local church. As part of an asylum hearing, church ministers may be called to testify as to the genuineness of an applicant’s Christian faith. This briefing from the … [Read more...]
Updated 30 May 2017. Asylum applications and Christian belief Church ministers may be called to testify as to the genuineness of an applicant’s Christian faith during an asylum hearing. This briefing from the Joint Public Issues Team … [Read more...]
A leaflet providing information about refugees has been produced as a resource for the churches by the National Justice and Peace Network, Churches Together in Britain and Ireland and Christians Aware. The leaflet sets out the 1951 … [Read more...]
A National Refugee Welcome Coordinator is being sought by the Church of England. The coordinator will encourage, foster, support and monitor the development of the Refugee Community Sponsorship programme in the Church of England and its … [Read more...]
Delegates on a fact-finding trip to Italian refugee projects, organised by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI), have returned with harrowing stories of serial trafficking, kidnapping and abuse being the norm for refugees en … [Read more...]