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 route to the Libyan coast. ‘Having visited Lampedusa and heard people’s stories, I’m shocked by the horror of what they […]
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.
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 and Lampedusa. The visit will take place between Monday 3 and Saturday 8 April 2017. ‘Our […]
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 the French government which has consented to offer 500 humanitarian visas to vulnerable Syrian citizens in Lebanon over the next […]
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 House of Commons motion on unaccompanied children that was passed by 254 votes to 1 in a deferred […]
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 Central Mediterranean route from North Africa to Italy has become the primary entry point to Europe following increased […]
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 the heart of the Christian faith is a clear command to ‘love the stranger’ and to stand with the vulnerable, whoever they […]
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 potential efforts of hundreds of volunteers that are ready to help. The scheme was launched at Lambeth Palace by […]
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 appointed within the churches and church-related charities to welcome and support forced migrants. Fleur reminded the […]
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 poverty. The walk, called Escape to Egypt, will be sponsored with donations going towards Christian Aid’s work for refugees. For 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 encouraging churches to download the video to show at church services. The film […]