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Embrace NI is calling on Churches in Northern Ireland to play their part in creating a welcoming environment for refugees from Afghanistan and elsewhere

Embrace is a group of Christians from different denominations working together to promote a positive response to people who are seeking asylum, refugees, migrant workers and people from minority-ethnic backgrounds living in Northern Ireland.

“We pray not only for those in Afghanistan but also for those who are not and grieve for loved ones they have left behind. We hope the people who live in Afghanistan will be able to determine their future,” said a spokesperson.

Embrace believes that all refugees and people seeking asylum should receive comprehensive support.

“We welcome the commitment by the First and deputy First Minister that Northern Ireland is prepared to receive and support Afghan refugees coming to the UK. We call on the Northern Ireland Executive to do everything it its power to welcome, support, provide for and foster the integration of all refugees and people seeking asylum in Northern Ireland.

“And we call on the Church in Northern Ireland to play its part in creating a welcoming environment for refugees from Afghanistan and elsewhere. Embrace will seek to continue to partner with and equip the Church to fulfil this calling,” added the spokesperson.