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Summit to discuss UK action on the refugee crisis

6 September 2016 - Christian Aid and Citizens UK will host a summit this Saturday (10th September) in Birmingham, giving people a chance to take stock of the UK’s response to the crisis and press their politicians to do more.

Hundreds of supporters from across the country are expected to attend the Welcome Summit, which takes place one year on from the tragic death of three-year-old Syrian, Alan Kurdi. 

Attendees will be able pose questions directly to politicians and UN agencies around key issues, including the protection of refugee children and opportunities for local fundraising activities.

Members of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Refugees and Labour spokesperson on refugees, Yvette Cooper are among those confirmed to participate in the summit.

Top specialists and local groups will lead workshops on interacting with child refugees, trafficking, communicating with refugees and building more welcoming communities.

Christian Aid’s Alex Jones said: “We believe everyone deserves a safe place to call home.

“While many churches and communities across the UK are united in welcoming those seeking refuge, the response of the UK Government has not matched the scale of the crisis. 

“The Welcome Summit is a key moment for us to show politicians, the media and the people of Britain that our country is ready to do more to welcome those who are fleeing violence and disaster.”

"I hope to benefit from connecting with so many inspirational people and feel the energy they will bring to this exciting event," said attendee Ruth Alexander form Pitlochry Refugee Support in Perthshire, Scotland (Citizens UK).

The event will start at 10:30am at the Saffron Centre, Moseley Road, with refreshments and artistic performances, followed by an opportunity to pose questions to politicians. 

Find out more, and book tickets, here.


If you would like further information please contact Amy Merone at amerone@christian-aid.org or call the 24-hour press duty phone: 07850 242950  

Notes to editors:

1. Christian Aid works in some of the world's poorest communities in around 40 countries at any one time. We act where there is great need, regardless of religion, helping people to live a full life, free from poverty. We provide urgent, practical and effective assistance in tackling the root causes of poverty as well as its effects.

2. Christian Aid’s core belief is that the world can and must be changed so that poverty is ended: this is what we stand for. Everything we do is about ending poverty and injustice: swiftly, effectively, sustainably. Our strategy document Partnership for Change explains how we set about this task.

3. Christian Aid is a member of ACT Alliance, a global coalition of more than 130 churches and church-related organisations that work together in humanitarian assistance, advocacy and development. 

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