Welcome Churches are collating evidence of churches' engagement with refugees and asylum seekers as part of a response to the proposed changes to immigration law set out by the Home Secretary Priti Patel.
The news over Easter was dominated by horrified reactions among refugee and human rights groups to the Home Secretary's plans for a two-tier immigration system. Together the news articles highlight the serious injustices that the proposals […]
This week's news focuses mainly on the impending announcement from the Home Secretary o the proposals to be drafted into the upcoming Immigration Bill, and the widespread concerns felt by practitioners in the refugee sector about what […]
This week sees a whole range of asylum and refugee stories from across the world. There are more revelations about the Covid outbreak at the Napier Barracks, as well as a story of unsuitable asylum accommodation.and sexual harassment […]
Action Foundation is recruiting for a new Chief Executive!
Award-winning Newcastle-based Christian Charity Action Foundation is recruiting for a new Chief Executive Officer who is passionate about empowering refugees and asylum seekers to overcome exclusion, isolation, destitution and poverty.
This week's news again features stories from the army barracks housing asylum seekers, a u-turn on opening a similar camp at Yarl's Wood, and more draconian policy intentions from the Home Secretary. There are also some good news stories to enjoy!
In this week's news: concerns about the Covid-vaccine amnesty for undocumented asylum seekers and migrants; more news on the asylum seekers in Napier Barracks; a two-year jail sentence for steering a boat across the channel, and […]
Petition to Close Army Barracks Accommodation of Asylum Seekers
Freedom From Torture has launched an online petition calling on the government to close the asylum camps in disused army barracks, which have been deemed totally unsuitable for vulnerable people fleeing persecution and war..
The Boaz Trust, a Christian charity providing accommodation and support for destitute asylum seekers and refugees in Manchester, has felt so strongly about the situation in the old army barracks, and the hostile environment that lies […]
In this week's news: very disturbing reports on the situation at Napier barracks, following last weekend's fire and the arrest of a journalist. The Church Times has also criticised the use of the site. Also in the news is the quashing […]
Tortoise Media have published a lengthy, in-depth article entitled 'Fortress Britain'. It tells of the journey made by one young man who fled Iran and ended up crossing the channel to the UK, only to find that the UK asylum system […]
The main features this week revolve around conditions in the old army barracks housing newly arrived asylum seekers, including an outbreak of Covid-19 at the Napier barracks in Folkestone. There are also articles on the abandonment […]
This week's roundup includes articles about conditions in the army barracks where newly arrived asylum seekers are being held, as well as harrowing accounts of the situation in Tigray, Ethiopia and the plight of Uighurs in China.
Weekly Roundup of Refugee and Migrant News 15/1/21
This week's news includes criticism of the current 'Hostile Environment' for refugees and migrants in the UK, as well as news of a detention centre temporarily closing due to Covid and a rescue of migrants off the coast of Albania.
This week's news makes for gloomy reading, with several articles outlining the problems facing asylum seekers today and further changes to immigration rules that will impact them negatively after Brexit.
Asylum Seekers' Mobile Phones seized by Immigration Enforcement
Several cases have recently come to light where asylum seekers in hotels have had their phones seized by Immigration Enforcement Officers on the grounds that they may contain information about immigration offences.
These are the some of the key news stories from the week beginning November 16th concerning refugees and asylum seekers, mainly in the UK but also worldwide. They are courtesy of the Boaz Trust in Manchester. Each week a new roundup […]
Independent: Thousands of asylum seekers in hotels need cash support during pandemic, Home Office admits
Thousands of asylum seekers placed in emergency hotel accommodation should have been receiving financial support during the pandemic, the Home Office has admitted after it was ordered by the High Court to conduct a review into the matter.
Faith Leaders and NGOs urge Government not to evict Asylum Seekers
Refugee organisations and faith leaders have written to the government to urge them to reverse the decision of the Home Office to evict refused asylum seekers onto the streets in the middle of a pandemic.
Media Movers North: Improving media coverage of young people with migrant backgrounds.
Media Movers North are looking for ten young people from migrant backgrounds who are living in or around Manchester and aged 18-25 to join our group of Media Movers to work behind-the-scenes influencing journalists.
Mentoring Opportunities with Refugee Women in London
Routes aims to connect communities and champion women, through 1:1 mentoring programmes and confidence-building theatre workshops. There are ongoing opportunities for business women in London to mentor refugees.
New Report from Asylum Matters highlights Serious Failings with Asylum Support Contracts
Forty-two refugee support organisations across the UK have today published a report based on evidence they provided to the National Audit Office during its investigation into the Home Office’s new asylum support contracts.
There are exciting new job opportunities for Christians in Greater Manchester, working with a new charity for Iranian asylum seekers and refugees, and church planting within diverse communities on housing estates.
The British Red Cross has published a new report on the costs of refugee destitution
The report, written by the LSE on behalf of the British Red Cross,estimates that extending the move-on period from 28 to 56 days could result in annual benefits of between £4 million and £7 million to the UK
120 Refugee Organisations sign letter of complaint re AIRE
Asylum Matters has sent a letter of complaint to Victoria Atkins MP, Minister for Safeguarding and Vulnerability at the Home Office, regarding severe failings in the new AIRE contract with Migrant Help. It was signed by 120 refugee organisations.
The Home Office has released asylum statistics for the period from April to June 2019. They show a significant rise in positive decisions but also a sharp rise in people waiting more than six months for a decision.
Lift The Ban coalition announces Social Media Action.
In order to ensure that the right to work for people seeking asylum remains high on the agenda of the new Home Secretary as it was for her predecessor, the Lift the Ban coalition has launched a social media action which all supporters […]
New Training in Religious Persecution for Asylum Operations Decision Makers
Today sees the the launch of two newly developed training packages: ‘Considering Religion or Belief in the Asylum Claim’, and ‘Assessing
Evidence: Medical Legal Reports’, developed in collaboration with key stakeholders.
Sanctus in Stoke is looking for a new Chair for its Board
Sanctus in Stoke-on-Trent provides support for refugees and people seeking asylum in the UK. It is looking for new Chair for its Board with senior experience in the charity sector who is passionate about refugees and asylum seekers.
Shocking Investigation reveals the Truth about Immigration Detention
A survey of almost 200 detainees in UK detention centres has been published in the Guardian. It showed that over half the detainees were defined as an “adult at risk” - which means they should only be lawfully detained in extreme cases..
Second Shaw Report on Immigration Detention published
Two years after the initial Shaw report exposed the many failings of the immigration detention system, the second report indicates that, despite some improvements, there are still significant problems.
New Neighbour Bible website provides information for Christians in Europe about the languages spoken by the people arriving in our countries from other nations, and gives links to Bibles or Bible stories available in those languages.
The Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration (ICIBI) has released a damning report of the way in which the Right to rent scheme is being implemented, and the negative effects it is having in terms of discrimination.
Inspector finds 'Significant Failings' at Harmondsworth IRC
Harmondsworth immigration removal centre (IRC) at Heathrow, holding large numbers of men with mental health problems in prison-like conditions, continued to show “considerable failings” in safety and respect for detainees, according […]
The Migrant Rights Network has brought our a new guide entitled "Know Your Rights - a Guide for Migrants." The guide aims to help migrants understand their rights and how to assert them in 8 key areas of everyday life.
BID (Bail for Immigration Detainees) are seeking to have a legal ruling that would designate G4S a ‘High Risk’ strategic supplier. This would make it harder for the government to award G4S future contracts.
The Guardian newspaper has printed three articles on what goes wrong in asylum interviews. One focuses on quotes from former caseworkers turned whistleblowers, while another features two refugees whose interviews were badly handled.
Refugee Council launches Campaign on Refugee Family Reunion
The Refugee Council is campaigning to change the UK’s restrictive rules surrounding refugee family reunion. They are asking people to write to their MP to ask them to attend an important debate on March 16th.
Guardian and Observer charity appeal raises more than £1.5m
The 2017 Guardian and Observer Christmas charity appeal raised more than £1.5m for three homeless charities. One of them is NACCOM, the No Accommodation Network that supports organisations that accommodate destitute asylum seekers.
The results of the Refugees Reporting project’s research, run by Focus on Refugees, found that 92% of UK news items on asylum and migration neither identify an individual refugee or migrant nor include their voice or experience.
UK government discriminates against Christian refugees from Syria
THE UK government is discriminating against Christians in their Vulnerable Persons refugee programme. The Barnabas Fund has discovered that, of the 10,000+ Syrians brought to the UK under SVPRS, only 70 were Christian - less than 0.7%.
Toolkit launched to support hosting schemes across the UK
In response to rising levels of migrant destitution and increasing public support for refugees facing homelessness, NACCOM and Homeless Link have launched the sector’s first ‘Hosting Toolkit’, a how-to guide for organisations […]
Campaign for better asylum decision-making launched
Freedom from Torture has launched a campaign for better quality decision-making after research showed that people who have survived horrific violence and abuse are being denied safety in the UK despite having valid asylum claims. The […]
The Jubilee+ Refugee Network (formerly R2C2, the Refugee Resource Centre for Churches), was set up as a partner project between Jubilee+ and the Boaz Trust to fill a gap in resourcing churches across the country involved in this vital work.
Now embedded within Jubilee+, our vision is to see churches increasingly playing a major role in welcoming, loving and supporting refugees and asylum seekers in the UK, both through practical action and as a voice for justice, so they can integrate, flourish and play a full part in society.
This website, and our growing network of partners, has been set up to facilitate churches and individual Christians (of all denominations) to work effectively towards that vision.