News Update – 21 December ’15

Our weekly news update on refugee issues around the world by Isobel Fraser. 2015 is likely to surpass the previous record for people forcibly displaced across the world a UNHCR report warned. The United Nations High Commission for Refugees’ Mid-Year Trends 2015 report explored global displacement from January and the end of June this year. The global refugee total, which […]

Welcoming Refugees

Rabbi Danny Rich is the Senior Rabbi and Chief Executive of Liberal Judaism and Co-Chair of the National Refugee Welcome Board. I am privileged to serve as one of the three unpaid Co-Chairs of the National Refugee Welcome Board which was established by the ‘crowd funding’ of members of 38 Degrees and is independently managed under […]

News Update – 15 December ’15

Our weekly news update on refugee issues around the world by Isobel Fraser. Aid agencies have reported that thousands of refugees are stranded in insanitary conditions in a remote region along the Jordanian- Syrian border. The vast majority of the refugees are reported to be women and children in need of increased water, food and […]

Now It’s Our Turn

Debora Singer MBE is the Policy & Research Manager at Asylum Aid and has worked extensively with women in the asylum system. Asylum Aid is an independent, national charity which works to secure protection for people seeking refuge in the UK. They provide free legal advice and representation to the most vulnerable and excluded asylum seekers. Along with many other Jews, […]

News Update – 7 December ’15

Our weekly news update on refugee issues around the world by Isobel Fraser. A 16 year old asylum seeker of Sudanese origin died after being hit by a van near the Channel Tunnel, near to the ‘Jungle’ refugee camp in Calais. 18 asylum seekers are now reported to have died in the region since June […]

News Update – 30 Nov ’15

Our weekly news update on refugee issues around the world by Isobel Fraser. Hundreds of asylum seekers have been left stranded at the Greek-Macedonian border, after it was announced only Syrians, Afghans and Iraqis would be allowed to pass through. A number of refugees were reported to be on hunger strike in protest of the […]

News Update – 24 Nov ’15

Our weekly news update on refugee issues around the world by Isobel Fraser. Theresa May has responded to questions by Conservative, Oliver Colvile, over preparations the government has taken before for the arrival of refugees to Plymouth. The Home Secretary said: “In relation to both refugees that we’re accepting from Syria and people who come […]

Why we should support refugees this Mitzvah Day

Edie Friedman is Executive Director of the Jewish Council for Racial Equality. Mitzvah Day is this Sunday 22nd November. Click here to find out how you can get involved. This article first appeared in the Hendon & Finchley Times. Media coverage of the ongoing refugee crisis is diminishing, but the reality is that it remains very […]

In the Path of Refugees – My Trip to Idomeni with the Chief Rabbi

Rabbi David Mason is rabbi of Muswell Hill Synagogue. He visited Idomeni in Greece with the Chief Rabbi, Dayan Binstock, Rabbis Bergson and Boudilovsky and World Jewish Relief representatives to see the work that WJR is doing for refugees there. How unpredictable world events can sometimes be from an individual vantage point. I only last Thursday visited a […]