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...]
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.
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...]
A fact-finding trip, organised by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI), will see seven young Christian men visit Italy to hear first hand testimony from refugees and staff in camps, and support projects on the islands of Sicily … [Read more...]
A 'humanitarian corridor' for refugees to travel safely between Lebanon and France will be opened thanks to ecumenical cooperation between Protestant and Catholic organisations in France. The route will be created with the agreement of … [Read more...]
Updated 8 March 2017. *Latest* An amendment to the Children and Social Work Bill was defeated in Parliament on Tue 7 March 287 to 267 despite significant cross party support. This followed the … [Read more...]
Refugees are taking more dangerous and diversified journeys, often relying on smugglers, because of the lack of accessible legal ways to Europe, according to a new report from the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR. The report states that the … [Read more...]
Updated 3 Feb 2017. Christian leaders and Church organisations are speaking out against new US restrictions and attitudes discriminating against refugees. Christian Aid Tom Viita, Head of Advocacy at Christian Aid, commented: ‘At … [Read more...]
Just two Syrian families have resettled in the UK six months after the launch of the British Government’s community refugee sponsorship scheme, reports Focus on Refugees. There are fears that the slow progress risks squandering the … [Read more...]
This question was addressed by Fleur Houston, author of You Shall Love the Stranger as Yourself, at the Churches’ Refugee Network (CRN) conference on 22 Nov 2016 in Coventry. The conference aimed to bring together and to resource those … [Read more...]
Christian Aid Cymru is encouraging supporters to walk from Bethlehem in Carmarthenshire to Aifft (Egypt) in Denbighshire in solidarity with the more than 65 million refugees worldwide, fleeing from conflict, natural disasters and extreme … [Read more...]
If Mary and Joseph came to the UK seeking refuge this Christmas, what sort of welcome would they receive? This question is posed in a short video produced by the Joint Public Issues Team (JPIT), called A Very British Nativity. JPIT is … [Read more...]