In Calais, A Possible End to The British Dream

The 33-kilometre distance between the French port city of Calais and the English port of Dover seems miniscule, but to refugees stranded in Northern France, the shores of Britain could not be any further away. Barely escaping with their lives from their war-torn homelands, thousands of unaccompanied minors embark on journeys through the Levant and […]

Rehumanising the situation

We live in a society caught with the factors and figures and it is relatable to every aspect of our lives. The idea now that we decide to buy a iPhone or visit a restaurant based on the rating given by someone over the internet. This is also relevant when we talk about the refugee […]

Not Your Average Greek Package Holiday

My wife Nicola and I had a week or so free from our children for the first time since 1993.  Having sat and watched helplessly as people – the seeming flotsam and jetsam of the war in Syria – floated in and out of view over the past years, washed up on beaches and rocks […]

Europe Is Failing To Relocate Refugees

In a ‘watershed’ moment for European migration policy, following the death of Syrian toddler Alan Kurdi, a system was created to see 120,000 refugees relocated from Greece and Italy to other European countries. However, Europe is failing to maintain the promise of relocating refugees, with 57,000 refugees living in squalid conditions in Greece alone, with no […]

Let all who are hungry come and eat

The refugee “crisis” in Europe has spurred many into action and there are plenty of people in our own Jewish community are eager to help those in need. JVN Director Leonie Lewis here gives her perspective on the situation and sees how now, when Passover is upon us, we should be even more aware of the […]

A Key on the Seder Plate

Rabbi Sylvia Rothschild is a member of Tzelem, the Rabbinic call for Social and Economic Justice in the UK, and is campaigning to end indefinite detention. This article first appeared on her blog and can be read here. A Key on the Seder Plate: Remembering those who are detained indefinitely while their applications for asylum are being processed. […]

Support Refugees is looking for writers!

Passionate about refugee issues and have an interest in journalism? Support Refugees is looking for volunteers for the following roles: Weekly Refugee News Update A weekly news summary for the Support Refugees website highlighting key refugee news stories from around the world and asylum issues in the UK. View previous editions of the news update here. For more […]

News Update – 16 March ’16

Our weekly news update on refugee issues around the world. The past fortnight has seen the dismantlement of around half the ‘Jungle’ refugee camp in Calais. Following a court order last month, prefecture officials began ordering people to leave their shelters, built by camp residents and volunteers, before they were taken apart. Authorities assured NGOs […]

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Strangers and Neighbours

This blog post comes from Rabbi Willy Wolff, written in 2006 for ‘Written All Over Our History – A Yom Limmud for Ester Gluck’ exploring Jewish responsibility towards refugees. One commandment in the Torah seems uncannily to have been almost written with Ester in mind. For she observed it bechol levavah, with all her great […]