Twenty Church leaders have called for an end to the hostile environment in an open letter to the Home Secretary, Sajid Javid MP. The hostile environment is the web of government policies designed to make life so difficult for people who cannot prove they have the right to live in the UK that they will […]
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 9 […]
This day course from Sarum College asks what we mean by ‘hospitality’ and what role it plays in a faithful, ethical life. It looks at the theology of hospitality and focuses on Biblical, historical, and contemporary examples of its practice. Through facilitated discussion and presentations, the day aims to be an opportunity to explore what […]
Four churches represented by the Joint Public Issues Team (JPIT) are calling for an end to the ‘hostile environment’ – UK government policies designed to make life so difficult for people who cannot prove they have the right to live in the UK that they will choose to leave. The hostile environment ‘deliberately inflicts destitution, encourages […]
Christine Elliott, Director of International Programmes for CTBI, and Bala Gnanapragasam, the Vice President Designate of the Methodist Church in Britain, visited churches and organisations in Italy that help refugees, during April 2018. Those visited included the Federation of Protestant Churches of Italy (FCEI), the Community of Sant’Egidio and Mediterranean Hope, which together work on […]
This report from the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME) aims to summarise some of the current concerns of European churches on EU asylum and migration policy – a policy which also heavily influences asylum and migration policies in countries outside the EU. The publication describes the problematic reality of EU policies, explains some […]
During Refugee Week a guide to refugee law in the UK is available free from the Free Movement blog from Colin Yeo, a barrister, writer, campaigner and consultant specialising in immigration law. The book looks at: What is the legal definition of a refugee? What level of danger or suffering is necessary before a person […]
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 […]
Today, 244 million people are on the move as international migrants and over 65 million people have been forced to move. Refugee Week runs from 18-24 June 2018 with Sanctuary Sunday taking place on 24 June 2018. Our reflection this week was written by Inderjit Bhogal and comes from our 2015 Racial Justice Sunday material. Inderjit has made a version of the resource available for Sanctuary Sunday.
Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI) is looking to recruit for a newly created position of Executive Officer for Justice and Inclusion. The Role: In recent years CTBI has undergone a series of far-reaching changes in structure and organisational culture and has emerged with a clearer focus on serving and resourcing its member Churches […]