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Innovation Roundtable - Asylum and Immigration
Thu 27 April 2017, 10:00 – 12:30 BST
As part of Theos's ongoing work on religion and social innovation, we are holding a series of roundtables which will explore emerging trends and practice in different areas of faith-based social action.
Churches and faith-based organisations have for many years been seeking to support people who have sought refugee status, or are made vulnerable because of their immigration status. The refugee crisis has focused attention on how we respond to those seeking to flee to these shores and those already here.
In partnership with the Migration Exchange network, Theos will be holding one of the roundtables on the theme of social innovation and support for people who migrate or seek protection as refugees.
Social innovation is all about doing good, better. The aim of the roundtable will be to hear about what's already being done - sharing experiences and learning - explore the prospects for innovation, partnerships and alliances.
- Researcher and consultant Mike Buckley will report on the results of a Migration Exchange mapping exercise exploring the scope of faith-based support for positive change in migration and refugee policy and programmes.
- Theos' Director of Political Programme, Paul Bickley, will speak on Theos's social innovation work and findings relevant to faith-based projects providing services to asylum seekers and refugees.
- Attendees will be encouraged to share information and learning from their work and reflect on challenges and opportunities for new alliances and innovation.
The event will bring together a range of practitioners and thought leaders to reflect on what has been achieved in the past, learn from the experience of others, and explore together the potential for greater impact in pursuit of common goals.
Migration Exchange is an informal network of independent funders, established in 2010. It aims to improve the lives of migrants and receiving communities in the UK by informing public debate on migration and creating welcoming communities. The network is independent and non-partisan, it has been a programme of Global Dialogue since 2015. In addition to Migration Exchange, Global Dialogue hosts a range of other funder collaboratives, alliances and networks.
10.00 Arrival and networking
10.20 Welcome from the Chair
10.30 What’s already happening (Mike Buckley) - followed by Q&A
11.00 Social innovation in asylum seeker and refugee support (Paul Bickley) - followed by Q&A
11.20 Chaired discussion amongst roundtable participants
12.00 Concluding comments
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