Churches are being invited to take part in Sanctuary Sunday – the Sunday at the end of Refugee Week – 24th June 2018. Ideas for Sanctuary Sunday include: Invite and welcome refugees, with due faith sensitivities, to share in a gathering. This could include sharing worship, prayer, food, and listening to refugee speakers. Use the […]
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.
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 17 […]
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. The Joint Public Issues Team (JPIT) has updated its briefing offering general guidance. Although the example refers to a URC congregation, it is intended […]
Updated 17 May 2018. 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 (JPIT), updated in May 2018, offers general guidance and, although the example refers to a URC congregation, it is intended to be used by […]
UPDATED: 2 May 2018. Revd Martin Kettle, policy advisor to the Church of England (writing in a personal capacity), argues that Christians do not want a hostile environment but want to love everyone and that means illegal immigrants too. He says the thread of Christian values running through our country’s self-identity has a real and […]
A consultation on conversion to Christianity and the impact and challenges for asylum procedures is being held by the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME) on 2-3 May 2018 in Brussels. It is being planned on request and in cooperation with the Christian Council in Sweden, with the secretariat of the Catholic Bishops’ Conferences […]
A step-by-step guide explaining how community groups can sponsor and support a refugee family has been published by Social Finance, Good Faith Partnership, Refugee Action and Church Response For Refugees. The guide provides step-by-step information on the UK Home Office process showing how the many criteria such as organisation status, experience, financial commitment, housing, Speakers of […]
What happens in the long term to those people from Syria, Afghanistan, Eritrea, Somalia, Nigeria and many others fleeing war, violence and persecution, who come to live in the UK. The future of today’s migrants and refugees raises an urgent question about how the Church’s mission is shaped to respond to those to whom we pledge our loving service.
This day conference is for all those working with Refugees, Asylum seekers, and Migrants. Programme 10.00 Registration and coffee 10.30 Welcome, introduction and setting the scene; Bishop Jonathan Clarke 10.45 Theological reflection and group work; Dr Jayme Reaves 11.30 The big picture: Refugees and IDPs worldwide; Christian Aid, Jenny Brown and John Plant 12.30 LUNCH […]
A campaign to end the arbitrary detention of stateless people is being supported by the churches with leaders signing a statement urging the UK Government to do more to welcome those who no longer have a country to call their home. There are estimated to be 10 million people worldwide who are stateless, defined by the […]