The Scottish Catholic Bishops’ Conference is represented on the interfaith group Scottish Faiths Action for Refugees. In September 2015 the Church of Scotland resolved to establish a refugee co-ordination project as a response to the situation and a way to harness the outpouring of goodwill and desire to act which was being expressed by many congregations across the country. The Church of Scotland then approached the other major faith groups in Scotland, who have agreed to share in the work of co-ordination and support.

The group aims to

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.

Find out more at http://www.sfar.org.uk/