News update – 03 February ’16

Our weekly news update on refugee issues around the world by Isobel Fraser. Follow Isobel on Twitter @isobelfraser1   An independent report has found advice issued by the Home Office, identifying Eritrea as a safe country of return for asylum seekers, to have been based upon misleading and biased information. The report criticised the Home […]

News Update – 6 January 2016

Our weekly news update on refugee issues around the world by Isobel Fraser. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, focussed on the plight of refugees in his New Year’s Day message and urged people to show generosity to refugees in order to combat extremism. Addressing the British public Welby said: “In today’s world hospitality and […]

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 – 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 […]

Upon Arrival

Ben Wright is Education Co-ordinator at the Jewish Council for Racial Equality (JCORE). Since the summer refugees have been a constant fixture in British news broadcasts and publications. Whether the reports have left us feeling empathy, anger, frustration or emptiness, it has been a topic near impossible not to engage with. Yet the images we’ve often […]

Impressions from Calais

Holly Kal-Weiss volunteered in Calais for the second time last week. If you would like to join her in volunteering in Calais, visit our Volunteer in Calais page to find out how to get involved. My second weekend to support refugees was very different from the first. I went the first time with trepidation, excitement and […]

News Update – 2 Nov ’15

The first of your weekly news updates on refugee issues around the world by Isobel Fraser.  The Czech Republic has been criticised for its treatment of refugees. Reports cited by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, claim that refugees held for “administrative offences” have been strip-searched in order to retrieve […]

Reflections from the NNLS asylum drop-in

Deborah Koder co-founded and co-ordinates the New North London Synagogue drop-in for asylum seekers. Taking place once a month, the drop-in supports asylum seekers in the UK, offering them a range of services, as well as food, clothing and supermarket vouchers. Read more about it here.   To say I was moved to help by […]

Of Refugees and Migrants

Rabbi Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah is the rabbi of Brighton and Hove Progressive Synagogue. She delivered this sermon on Shabbat Lech L’cha/Saturday 24 October 2015. Over the past four years, the news has been dominated by the refugee crisis; in particular, by the millions of refugees fleeing from the conflict between the extremist warriors of so-called […]