Refugee Connect was established in 2008 to connect local churches with ways to help refugees. Today, we are working with churches and ministries across Europe that provide safe havens to refugee children and youth who travel alone (i.e., unaccompanied minors). We launched a network to connect these ministries and are developing a smartphone app to assist the refugee youth. We help convene roundtables in various locations, and will create trainings and establish short-term teams to support churches across Europe as they invite these youth into community that helps them recover and be restored.

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” (Matt 19:14)

Why a focus on unaccompanied refugee children and youth?

Since 2015 more than 170,000 refugee children and youth have arrived in Europe alone(1). Many traveled across the continent in attempts to reach the U.K., Germany and Nordic countries. Some have been held in the country they arrived in, others became stuck in transit due to border closings and some have arrived in their destination country, but now await decision on their asylum claim. In many cases, these youth have been without family for months or even years, are living in squalid conditions, are preyed upon by traffickers, smugglers and radical extremists, and exist in a state of limbo – not knowing how or when they will be welcomed into a caring, safe community or reunited with family. This is an opportunity – and, more so, a call – for the Church to provide the covering of Christ through both actions and words. 

Foundational to our approach is that we work alongside local churches to care for the needs as well as the hearts of refugees in their communities; thus enabling them to survive and recover from all they've faced on their journey. 

(1) https://www.unicef.org/publications/files/UNICEF_A_child_is_a_child_May_2017_EN.pdf, 12

Mobilised for Unaccompanied Minors (M.U.M.)

A Vision to Help 150,000+ Refugee Children

As part of the Refugee Children and Youth Task Force of the Refugee Highway Partnership (RHP) we are working to establish a network of churches and ministries along the routes unaccompanied refugee children and youth travel across Europe. Our goal is to help them find safe havens where they can rest and find their hope renewed. 

Photo credit: The Guardian, "Hungry, Scared & No Closer to Safety", Aug 2016  (Child's face intentionally not included in photo to protect identity.)

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Video: Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders, August, 2016

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