The Code of Best Practices for Christian Refugee Ministry is designed as a benchmark document to guide the policies and practice of organisations regarding Christian humanitarian service and witness to refugees, internally displaced people and asylum seekers. It is not intended to establish legal standards or liability. Rather the motivation for the development of this code is based upon the responsibility towards all participants and partners in refugee programs, that they are served with the highest standards possible.
The code does not necessarily reflect current practice, but encourages aspirations towards excellence. However, minimum standards are implied in the code, and therefore, it should be seen as a step in a process rather than an end in itself. It is recognized that the code will not be applicable to all situations of refugee ministry.
At the Refugee Highway Consultation held in Izmir, Turkey November 15-2001, Christian leaders from around the world involved in refugee ministry initiated and drafted the code.

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