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Asylum Seekers and Refugees

Information on how churches can respond to the current Refugee Crisis

 

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This webpage offers up to date information and resources on the;
• current Refugee crisis
• Refugee Resettlement programme here in the UK
• wider issues for people seeking asylum in this country and beyond

NEW:

A Guide: Refugees, Asylum Seekers & Migrants – Welcoming the Stranger

This new guide from Churches Together Merseyside Region is written for churches to help them find a way to respond positively to the refugee crisis. With easy to read sections and important factual information, the guide busts myths that have grown up to describe this national and global crisis. Importantly the document offers clear guidance and support to help church communities, and others, offer practical help as they seek to welcome the stranger.
Dowload the guide here

 

1. Information and resources on how churches can respond to the current Refugee Crisis



Support – and donate to the larger aid agencies who target resources through local partners in Europe and the Middle East and provide a wide range of services. For example Christian Aid, Red Cross, Tearfund and other agencies like Syria Relief and Calaid.


What can churches do?
Continue to support the large aid agencies with donations

Find out which local agencies are helping with this work– and donate resources, offer time and skills.
Engage - Get active! Counter unhelpful headlines. Speak out with compassion.
Understand the issues and keep updated:

Boaz Trust

Church Urban Fund

Regional Asylum Activism



Host a refugee or failed asylum seeker – If you would be willing to offer home support/ night shelters for failed asylum seekers (who have no resources) then look at the Boaz Trust model.


Pray - Host a prayer vigil. Resources here
Welcome - Churches may already be seeing, or seeing in the future, refugees and asylum seekers joining their congregations. The church can play a vital role in terms of welcome and support - being family and community.
 


2. Information and resources on Refugee Resettlement in the UK

https://www.churchofengland.org/our-views/home-and-community-affairs/asylum-and-immigration.aspx


Refugee Resettlement Factsheets (Mission & Public Affairs, the Archbishops’ Council)


These factsheets are about the programme to resettle some of the most vulnerable Syrian refugees in this country.  They include information on; Government policy and action, Making resettlement work, Regional realities, the local level, changing the future.
Don’t reinvent the wheel! Join with others eg local councils, Churches Together, local voluntary organisations.

3. Information and resources on the wider issues for people seeking  Asylum and Refugees


A Guide: Refugees, Asylum Seekers & Migrants. Welcoming the Stranger (Churches Together Merseyside)
This is a new guide, intended for churches and other groups to help them find a way to respond positively to the refugee crisis. With easy to read sections and important factual information the guide busts myths that have grown up to describe this national and global crisis. Importantly the document offers clear guidance and support to help church communities, and others, offer practical help as they seek to welcome the stranger.

Diocese of Liverpool
or

Church Urban Fund
 

Tell it like it is – The truth about Asylum.  Supporting and Empowering  Refugees (Refugee Council Sept 2015)
 

‘Safe Haven or Storm’ – Tools to inform and resource your church.


Mission, Migrants and Refugees’ (Mission Theology Advisory Group, Church of England) is a resource for theological reflection ‘intended to stimulate thinking and reflection about what happens in the long term to those people who come to live in the UK.’

Resources from Churches Together in Britain and Ireland – Including Asylum applications and Christian Belief; Asylum in Britain Bible Study.
 

4. Links to local organisations supporting Asylum Seekers and Refugees


One of the key things that churches can do is strengthen existing local organisations for whom refugees is core business – here are some key organisations in and around our diocese:


Greater Manchester: Boaz Trust is a local Christian organisation based in Manchester who support asylum seekers often failed asylum seekers (who have no resources). Boaz can help you to engage with the issues and they also need support for their work. 


Refugee Action

City of Sanctuary


Merseyside:


Hope+ Foodbank Liverpool
Asylum Link Merseyside
Merseyside Refugee Support Network
Red Cross services in Liverpool
Refugee Action in Liverpool
The Liverpool Asylum Outreach and Support Project is supported by a number of organisations in the area

• Strengthen partnerships with local authorities and ‘Welcome’ groups often set up by local Churches Together.
• We know that groups in Cheshire East are actively preparing to welcome Syrian refugees by seeking pledges from faith and community groups.


5. What action is the Diocese taking through CSR?

• Networking parishes supporting Asylum Seekers – We are gathering together people from churches currently supporting Asylum Seekers, particularly those who are Christians or Christian converts. Stories, experiences and common issues are being shared which we hope will encourage churches preparing to welcome asylum seekers and refugees. The group will be meeting on: 4 May (Stockport). Please contact Janice Mason for more details.

•  ‘Welcoming Asylum Seekers and Refugees’ conference – We are planning a joint event with other dioceses in summer 2016. Watch this space……

• Preparing a welcome for Syrian Refugees – We are gathering information about groups and local authorities preparing to welcome refugees to signpost and share with churches.
 

Please email information to: Hannah Jones  

 


Name of Church:


Name and contact details:


1. Is your church supporting Asylum Seekers and Refugees in your local community? In what ways?

2. Do you have Asylum Seekers and Refugees who are Christians or Christian converts attending your church services? For example Iranian Christians.


3. Do you know of any plans by your local council or Churches Together to prepare for the welcome of Syrian refugees to your local authority area?
 

 

Heavenly Father,
you are the source of all goodness, generosity and love.
We thank you for opening the hearts of many
to those who are fleeing for their lives.
Help us now to open our arms in welcome,
and reach out our hands in support.
That the desperate may find new hope,
and lives torn apart be restored.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ Your Son, Our Lord, 
who fled persecution at His birth
and at His last triumphed over death.
Amen
(Church of England)


Other helpful links:


Immigration and Asylum – What can churches do?
Refugee Action
Refugee Council

Focus on Refugees

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