When we were set up all of the groups involved in Scottish Faiths Action for Refugees agreed the following aims:

Photo: Peter Williams / WCC

 On 18-19 January 2016, some 80 leaders of governments, UN agencies, faith-related as well as non-religious civil society organizations from countries affected by the current refugee crisis in Europe, Middle East, and Africa met at a conference hosted by the World Council of Churches (WCC) in partnership with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Fund for Population (UNFPA), and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) to discern how they can proactively influence and shape coordinated collective practical responses. Photo: Peter Williams / WCC.

  • Advise members of faith communities in Scotland on practical, societal and ethical issues relating to refugees and asylum seekers;
  • Support and encourage faith-based humanitarian and advocacy efforts to promote the welfare of refugees and asylum seekers, and propose and co-ordinate joint initiatives;
  • Challenge rhetoric in politics and the media which demeans refuges and asylum seekers or which seeks to exploit their vulnerability;
  • Develop projects to assist with refugee and asylum seeker integration in Scotland;
  • Encourage deeper interfaith working amongst Scotland’s faith communities and stronger ecumenical relations amongst churches in Scotland.
  • Develop a longer term strategy to support the engagement of Scottish faith communities with asylum seekers and refugees over the next generation.