Photo: Paul Jeffrey / World Council oAf Churches

Syrian refugees walk in the countryside outside Messstetten, Germany. They have applied for asylum in Germany and are awaiting word on the government’s decision. Meanwhile, they live in a room in a former army barracks in Messstetten, where church groups and other community members have provided a variety of hospitality.  Photo: Paul Jeffrey / WCC

GRF Christian Radio won the Jerusalem Award 2016 in the category Festivals (Radio) with their short programme called ‘Waiting for refugee status ‘. This programme was a presentation of music and words for Advent on the theme of waiting, featuring an interview with Alison Phipps, the foster mother of an asylum seeker. The shortlisting judges said it was as “a timely insight into the reality of those, especially children, seeking asylum and the engagement with the UK authorities.” Alison is Professor of Language and InterCultural Studies at the University of Glasgow, co-convener of the Glasgow Refugee, Asylum and Migration Network (GRAMnet). The judges said the programme was “…simple and understated but very, very effective…”.

You can hear the programme on the Jerusalem Awards website.


Ben Wright is the Education and Campaigns Co-ordinator at the Jewish Council for Racial Equality (JCORE). Here he writes about asylum seekers arriving in the UK.

The Rev Juliet Kilpin is a Baptist minister and a co-ordinator of Urban Expression. She has visited the ‘Jungle’ in Calais twice.   On the Joint Public Issues Team (Church of Scotland, Baptist, Methodist anad United Reformed Churches) blog she shares some reflections:

The Rev John Howard-Norman of Wesley Hall Methodist Church, Blackburn writes about his church’s work with refugees.

Judy Rogers from People and the Dales writes about a weekend away for refugees and asylum seekers she organised. Also read the news article here.