The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has today supported the findings of the Independent Asylum Commission, which has called for more humane and dignified treatment for those seeking sanctuary in the UK.
Church Action on Poverty have worked with Positive Action in Housing to produce a simple, easy to read pack that gives the information, advice and encouragement to take action to stop the destitution of people refused asylum.
The Independent Asylum Commission today publishes 'Saving Sanctuary', the first of three reports of recommendations aimed at restoring public confidence in sanctuary for those who have fled persecution.
Church Action on Poverty (CAP) has warmly welcomed a new report which finds significant failings in the UK asylum system. The report condemns the Government policy of making refused asylum-seekers destitute.
An initiative in which 100 people have lived as failed asylum seekers for a week in a 'visible act of solidarity', comes to an end this Saturday. The people frpom across the country spent a week this Lent living on £3.50 and a typical food parcel in a project co-ordinated by the Boaz Trust.
A set of ten action points has been issued by a Christian agency suggesting ways that refused asylum seekers and refugees can be helped. Churches and others in the UK are being urged to visit detainees in removal centres.
A number of Christians from Oldham are joining the national Endurance Challenge, backed by Church Action on Poverty, in which they attempt to live off £6.50 for food and £3.50 for transport for a week.
Church leaders in West Yorkshire have issued a statement raising concerns about the Government's asylum policy. Endorsed by bishops and denominational leaders, it highlights the work UK churches are doing in support of asylum seekers.