An independent enquiry into the United Kingdom’s asylum system has launched 'Citizens Speak', described by campaigners as the the biggest ever consultation with ordinary citizens on how asylum seekers should be treated.
The Independent Asylum Commission is holding its final public hearing in London on 29 November 2007. It is collecting evidence for an impartial citizens’ enquiry into the UK asylum system, which many regard as unjust and failing.
Churches, voluntary organisations and the local council in Sheffield have come together to declare the city a place of welcome for asylum seekers and refugees. They aim to improve policy coordination and to challenge public misperceptions.
Major airlines are coming under increased pressure to end their role in deportation after an airline announced it would no longer carry failed asylum-seekers who are being forcibly removed from the United Kingdom.
Dr Rowan Williams has described as ‘heartbreaking and harrowing’ a meeting in Syria with refugees from Iraq. While UK media and politicians complain about asylum seekers, Syria has had to absorb more than a million Iraqi victims of war and oppression, he learned.
Delegates at the Third European Ecumenical Assembly in Sibiu, Romania, concluded their weeklong gathering on 9 September 2007 with a call to the churches of Europe to deepen their support for migrants and other victimised minority groups.
Immigrants are the new scapegoats in many modern societies, says a leading Christian figure in the United States. People of faith should be among those seeking a new deal for those displaced and on the move.