Sunday, June 22, 2008


Among the major aims of Refugee Week (16-23 June 2008) in the UK is to give a human face to the often misinformed and tendentious public debate about asylum and refugees, to counter propaganda put out by the British tabloids and their allies, to hear voices from the margins, to reframe our policy thinking, and to highlight the superb work done by a number of voluntary agencies in assisting people whose often desperate plight does not stop where borders begin. Incidentally, I see that a new sanctuary blog has been created in the US. Last year, CTBI, the ecumenical body, drew up a set of important principles and guidelines for churches working with migrants. There's also a powerful piece by Mark Haddon on The hell of being an asylum seeker.

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