QARN Conference: Forced Migration: how can Quakers Respond?

September 22, 2016 by  
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WoodbrookeThe Quaker Asylum and Refugee Network Conference run in partnership with Woodbrooke, the Quaker Council for European Affairs, and Quaker Peace and Social Witness: http://www.woodbrooke.org.uk/courses.php?action=course&id=11305

Friday 3 February 2017 – Sunday 5 February 2017 Read more

Dungavel immigration detention centre to close

September 14, 2016 by  
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8 September 2016: The controversial Dungavel Immigration Removal Centre in Lanarkshire is to be closed, the Home Office has announced.

The centre, near Strathaven, is set to close towards the end of 2017.

The Home Office said it would look to build a new short-term holding facility near Glasgow Airport. Read more

REFUGEE CRISIS: Faith Leaders’ Open Letter to the Prime Minister

September 13, 2016 by  
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12 September 2016: We are leaders from Britain’s major faiths: Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jain, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, Zoroastrian.  All our faiths compel us to affirm the dignity of all human beings and to offer help to anyone in need. As people of faith, we call on your Government urgently to revise its policy towards refugees. 

The best of this country is represented by the generosity, kindness, solidarity and decency that Britain has at many times shown those fleeing persecution, even at times of far greater deprivation and difficulty than the present day. We rejoice in the mosaic of different faiths and British communities that we now represent.   We are proud that in May 2016, in a survey by Amnesty International, 83% of Britons said they would welcome refugees into their neighbourhoods and households. Read more

Refugees Welcome – Invitation for 6 October 2016

August 31, 2016 by  
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I would like to invite you and your members, clients, supporters, members to join us in a march and rally to send a message to our government – ahead of the global summits on refugees on September 19th and 20th – that the UK must do more to share responsibility.
Let’s make this huge!
You can see all the details on our website here:

Liberty: Child Refugees

August 22, 2016 by  
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libertyIn May our MPs made a promise. Under huge public pressure, and the watchful eye of the House of Lords, the Government pledged in Parliament to protect unaccompanied refugee children in Europe.

That was 105 days ago and counting.
Since then almost no action has been taken to make good on this pledge. Lord Dubs himself – who was instrumental in securing it – has condemned the astonishing lack of urgency from central Government. Read more

Unlocking Detention 2016: be part of shining a spotlight in the shadows

August 22, 2016 by  
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RtREvery year for the past three years, Right to Remain has helped to run an innovative and participatory social media project that raises awareness of immigration detention in the UK – it’s called Unlocking Detention (http://unlocked.org.uk/) (or “Unlocked” for short).

Unlocking Detention is a ‘virtual tour’ of the UK’s immigration detention estate – and of the impact of detention on communities across the UK.  Each week, we ‘visit’ another of the UK’s detention centres and we hear from people who have been detained there (and who still are), volunteer visitors to that centre, NGOs and campaigners who are involved with challenging immigration detention, and the families, friends, neighbours and communities over whom detention casts its long shadows.  The tour runs from 10 October to 18 December 2016. Read more

APPG on social integration inquiry

August 22, 2016 by  
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parliament_logoThe All Party Parliamentary Group for Social Integration has launched an inquiry into how reform of the immigration system can put migrant integration at its heart. Written evidence must be submitted by 9 September (maximum of 2,500 words). For full details see: http://www.socialintegrationappg.org.uk/call-for-evidence-100816

If you have any anecdotes that tell the stories of those affected please would you send them for now to Bridget Walker b467@btinternet.com

If you would have time to collate responses we would be very appreciative.

John Featonby: he suggests that submissions could be made about people who need to apply for Leave to Remain, and those who have to pay  a lot of money to do so. He is not sure how much focus the inquiry panel would give the issue – that’s out of his hands – but it would be something worth raising .

Refugees Welcome march on 17 September 2016

August 22, 2016 by  
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Solidarity with RefugeesThe Refugees Welcome march will take place on 17 September starting in Park lane, London at 12.30.  For full details go to: http://swruk.org/refugees-welcome-here-2016/#details A full list of organisations supporting the march is available at: http://swruk.org/refugees-welcome-here-2016/#supporting-orgs

All Party Parliamentary Group on Refugees

August 18, 2016 by  
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qarn logo smThe All Party Parliamentary Group on Refugees has launched an inquiry into the experiences of newly arrived and newly recognised refugees in the UK.  http://www.qarn.org.uk/homepage/appg-on-refugees-refugees-welcome-inquiry/ We are collecting information, anecdotes etc. to inform the inquiry. Please send contributions to Barbara Forbes: forbesbarbarae@yahoo.co.uk

Programme Developer – Forced Migration

August 12, 2016 by  
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quaker orangeSALARY                    £38,002 per annum

CONTRACT             One Year Fixed Term

HOURS                     35 hours per week

LOCATION               Friends House, Euston Road, London NW1 

Britain Yearly Meeting is a radical church with a deep commitment to peace, integrity, equality, simplicity and sustainability. Quaker Peace & Social Witness (QPSW), is a hub within the organisation for action on peace and social justice.

Quakers have been taking action on Forced Migration in huge numbers all over Britain. But what can QPSW most usefully contribute?  We are seeking an informed and strategic person to scope and develop ideas for new work over an initial period of 12 months.

The post requires experience of designing and delivering change-making and movement. Can you work well with people in a diverse range of settings, from community groups to policy makers? Do you have up to date knowledge of current issues relating to forced migration? And experience of effective campaigning work with strong communication skills?  Then please apply!

Closing Date            Monday 12 September 2016 – 9am

Interviews                 Thursday 22 September 2016

For further information about QPSW, go to http://www.quaker.org.uk/our-organisation/our-structures/quaker-peace-and-social-witness-central-committee and for details on how to apply, go to www.quaker.org.uk/jobs

Britain Yearly Meeting is committed to equality in all its employment practices

 

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