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Thursday, March 23, 2017
Launch of National Catholic Refugee Forum
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¬†On Saturday 2nd December, the new National Catholic Refugee Forum will be launched in the Grimshaw Hall, St Chad's Cathedral, Birmingham. Participants from around the country will gather to hear about the latest legislation and to share knowledge and experience. The speakers for the day are Mr Williams from the Refugee Council, who will talk about the effect of the current legislation on the lives of asylum seekers and Frank Regan SSC, who will give a contextual reflection for the work of the participants with refugees and asylum seekers. "On the first anniversary of the implementation of the 1999 Immigration and Asylum Act, we witness the heralded 'fair, fast and firm' asylum policies spinning out of control nationwide. The faith communities and all people of goodwill need to act now to stop, or to at least mitigate against this happening. The 1999 Act has heralded new levels of deprivation and poverty among asylum seekers. What we need to focus on, this weekend, is the heralding of a new millennium in which the rights and dignity of all should be respected and upheld," says the assistant director of the Jesuit Refugee Service, Louise Zanrť. The 2nd December event also marks the beginning of Advent and the World Day of Prayer for Migrants.
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