The Government has published plans for the future of the immigration system that allows refugees and victims of modern slavery to access protection in the UK.

They are running a consultation until 5 May and individuals who are interested, especially those with experience of working with asylum seekers, refugees and victims of modern slavery, are encouraged to respond.

The Church of England has prepared a guidance document explaining how to go about responding to the consultation.

This is your opportunity to influence the future of Government policy and how it affects some of our most vulnerable brothers and sisters, both in the UK and overseas.

It is part of the Fourth Mark of Mission to transform unjust structures of society and pursue peace and reconciliation.

As part of the ecumenical work in this field Welcome Churches are also trying to run a quick audit of all the work being done by churches with refugees and asylum seekers. If you have time to have a look or to pass the survey on to people or churches in your network that again would be hugely appreciated. This is the survey link and the deadline for this is Sunday 25 April.

JPIC is also very interested to hear from individuals and churches who are currently running projects working with asylum seekers, refugees or victims of modern slavery. If this is you, please get in touch with Nicola Thomas, Head of JPIC, as it would be good to have a network of people to share resources and best practice.