The number of refugees making their way to Europe has inspired increased UK interest in refugees and forced migration.
Forced migration is, however, not a new phenomenon. Simply looking at Scripture shows this: over the thousands of years it covers, there are many references to people’s being forced to flee their homes to find safety. Indeed, Jesus and his family were themselves refugees in Egypt.
The Bible also talks about care for those who enter communities as foreigners, especially when those who have entered are in need. It’s part of our Christian calling to love our neighbour, the person we encounter along the way.
So how do we live out this calling in today’s world? How can we respond to refugees and the questions around forced migration? Use the resources below – or contact our Churches Refugee Networking Officer, Joanna Schüder – to find out more about refugees and forced migration, what groups locally are doing to support refugees and asylum seekers, and how you can get involved in prayer and action.