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 12 […]
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.
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 […]
Refugees and migrants have virtually no voice in the media, with 92% of UK news items not naming individuals or giving them the chance to tell their story, according to a research report from the Refugees Reporting project. UK media made the fewest references to a refugee or migrant in asylum and migration stories across […]
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 journey of life, as the Caritas campaign that we inaugurate today reminds us. Brothers and sisters, […]
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 Joint Public Issues Team (JPIT) offers general guidance and, although the example refers to a URC congregation, it is intended to be […]
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 (JPIT), published in May 2017, offers general guidance and, although the example refers to a URC congregation, it is intended to be used by […]
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 United Nations Convention definition of a refugee, points to the most recent facts and figures about refugees, links […]
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 dioceses and provide support to other refugee and asylum programmes when possible. The vacancy is part time covering 28 […]