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Global migration is one of the biggest issues of our time. It is important for our church, and so is every individual who is caught up in the rapidly-changing movements of people around the world.

As in other aspects of social policy, we pray for everyone to be treated in a way that is both fair and compassionate. That includes, especially, the millions who have been forcibly displaced from their homes.

Those seeking asylum – find resources here to help you work out what to do and what to think about asylum seekers.

Refugees – how in practice can church communities, in partnership with others in their locality, make a positive difference?

Immigration – how should Christians approach this thorny subject?

Beyond our Borders

To mark International Migrants Day on 17 December 2023, the Diocese of Canterbury’s Social Justice Network hosted a webinar with faith leaders and practitioners from across Europe to discuss the context in which they are working, and the role of faith communities and civil society in ensuring that refugees and asylum seekers receiving the support and welcome they need.

The webinar is available to view on the Diocese of Canterbury's YouTube channel now.

The Illegal Migration Act – how can churches respond?

It’s vital we act on the biblical imperative to welcome the stranger, especially during a time when there’s so much hate and toxic conversation about asylum seekers and refugees. The church can and should make a difference.

What will your next step be?

2. Learn and share the realities of migration, the Illegal Migration Bill, and myth-busting
3. Act: Welcome and support people locally
4. Act: Advocate and campaign for the rights of asylum seekers and refugees

Community sponsorship

Community sponsorship is a new initiative by the Church of England designed to support local churches resettling refugees in partnership with the Home Office.

The initiative builds on the positive work since the 2015 General Synod which agreed a motion urging “parishes and dioceses to work closely with local authorities and other community partners, to provide practical and sustainable resources and structures for the resettlement of vulnerable refugees and to pray for all those seeking to address the causes as well as the symptoms of this crisis”.

Learn more about the initiative here.