Welcoming the Stranger

The Ethics of Migration

Wednesday 16 Jun 2021



Free - recording available

Wednesday 16 Jun 2021



Free - recording available

A webinar exploring the ethical issues surrounding migration, refugee settlement and seeking asylum.

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This webinar took place on Wednesday 16 June during Refugee Week (14-20 June), a UK-wide festival celebrating the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees and people seeking sanctuary.

The event was presented by the Moral and Social Issues Council (MASIC).

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Our host 

The panel conversation was hosted by Lieutenant-Colonel Dean Pallant. 

Lieut-Colonel Dean Pallant

Dean was born and educated in Zimbabwe. He went to university and worked in South Africa. He’s been a Salvation Army officer for 28 years and is currently the Secretary for Communications for the United Kingdom Territory with the Republic of Ireland. Prior to this appointment, Dean served as the director of the International Social Justice Commission based in New York and was secretary of the International Moral and Social Issues Council.

Dean has a doctorate in theology from King’s College London and has published two books: Keeping Faith in Faith-Based Organisations (2012) and To Be Like Jesus: Christian Ethics for a 21st Century Salvation Army (2019).

Our panel

We heard from a range of perspectives in our webinar panel conversation, including first-hand experiences of migration and refugee settlement, theology and government policy.

Dr Lucy Kanya, Rev Israel Oluwole Olofinjana, Nicola Thomas and Sutton Salvation Army Community Sponsorship Group

Featured stories

Captains Dafne de Castro e Lemos and Josh Selfe, Major Nick Coke and Victor Mondal

The evening featured contributions from:

  • Captains Dáfne de Castro e Lemos and Josh Selfe – leaders of Keighley Salvation Army, West Yorkshire
  • Major Nick Coke - The Salvation Army's Refugee Response Co-ordinator and co-leader of Raynes Park Salvation Army, South London
  • Victor Mondal - Community Development Project Director, The Salvation Army’s Bangladesh Command

The Salvation Army’s response to refugees and asylum seekers

The Salvation Army has a long history offering practical support to people fleeing conflict, persecution and violence. Today, we are adapting and responding to the rise of displaced people worldwide caused by conflicts such as in Syria or other humanitarian disasters. We put our faith into action by running refugee resettlement programmes, offering asylum seeker support and campaigning so asylum seekers have the right to work.

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About the Moral and Social Issues Council

The Moral and Social Issues Council (MASIC) reports to Cabinet, The Salvation Army’s senior spiritual leadership team in the UK Territory with the Republic of Ireland.

Its role is:

  • To provide an ethical perspective and advice to territorial leadership
  • To help Salvationists engage in moral and social issues in their communities

The council includes officers and soldiers appointed by the Chief Secretary and is chaired by Major David Taylor. It aims to reflect the diversity of the territory and draw upon the skills, academic research, biblical and theological scholarship, and experience of its members and the wider Salvation Army.

Territorial Moral and Social Issues Councils support the work of the International Moral and Social Issues Council, which reports to the General and is responsible for The Salvation Army’s International Positional Statements.

Contact us

For further information about the webinar, contact the Moral and Social Issues Council:

For further information about The Salvation Army’s refugee response and to learn more about how you could get involved, contact Major Nick Coke, our Refugee Response Co-ordinator:

Further reading

Supporting refugees

Helping to support and give opportunities to people fleeing conflict

Refugee resettlement

We are helping refugees in communities across the country

Asylum seeker support

How we are helping to empower asylum seekers in the community

Lift the Ban

Calling on the Government to let asylum seekers work