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 […]
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.
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]