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Church views on the Calais refugee crisis

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Madeleine Davies reports in the Church Times on various statements made recently by Church of England bishops: Bishops critical of Government over migrant crisis

Now replaced by Show more compassion to migrants, urge bishops

The article she mentions from the Observer quoting the Bishop of Dover, Trevor Willmott, is here: Church attacks David Cameron’s lack of compassion over asylum crisis.

Other recent commentators include:

The Guardian also has Inside the Calais migrants’ church – in pictures

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I think it was unfair to attack Cameron so strongly for the use of the word ‘swarm’.We all make slips of language and he did go on to say ‘of people seeking a better life’. It is huge problem and the Bishops et al may rebuke but how do we solve this complex issue? MY heart bleeds for the people in Calais but I also know that the NHS is stretched to its limits (partly by immigrants) , we have a shortage of primary schools a great short of houses and limits to the brown field sites available Maybe if… Read more »

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Roma aren’t persecuted? Are you kidding me? What on earth does “redirected” mean in this context?

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Jean Mayland seems to be unaware that the NHS runs on immigrants and their contribution to the stresses the services are negligible (they are mostly young and fit). I’m sure you (and the TV) can find disreputable people in any community, but to tar them all with the same brush is prejudice worthy of Donald Trump! The Roma (and travellers generally) have been persecuted across Europe, so to dismiss them as seeking benefits is nonsense. Our problems are of our own making and we must accept our own responsibility. But the key is not shunning the outsider ready to believe… Read more »

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I also forgot to mention that road haulage companies are attacking the government for not doing more to contain migrants as they are losing £700,000 a day and food is rotting.At least opening the disused airfield for parking gives the police an opportunity to give precedence to lorries carrying perishable food or live animals.

Rod Gillis
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Rod Gillis

Its not just about lack of compassion, its about a lack of justice. Mr. Cameron is typical of the political class in all western democracies, cheer leading neo-liberal economics while vilifying its victims. The use of the word “swarm” serves to dehumanize those who are exploited by the market system that Cameron applauds and serves so well.

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Robert ian Williams

Any genuine refugee would have applied for asylum in the European country of entry.The disgraceful inaction of the French government only widens my respect for Teresa May and her firm stand, in the wake of ill thought out pious claptrap.

Rod Gillis
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Rod Gillis

@ Robert Ian Williams, Yes, if only the vulnerable and the destitute would just follow the rules set out by the wealthy and the powerful, the world would be such a better place.

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robert ian williams

Did our Lord dehumanize us, when he talked about us being sheep? The current illegal migration is a swarm, and until this is faced as a reality, western Europe will be in peril from a never ending stream. A very sensible editorial in today’s Church of England newspaper.

As for lack of justice, our independent judiciary have undermined all attempts by the government to address these problems. Cameron should declare a state of emergency and limit the power of the courts on immigration issues.

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“Did our Lord dehumanize us, when he talked about us being sheep?” Somehow I never thought of David Cameron as being on a par with the Lord! The West bears some responsibility for the problems that are driving this immigration crisis. You broke it, you fix it. We have the same thing here in the US. Awful polices in the drug war, corporate oppression, and games over political ideology perpetrated by the US, and US and multi-national corporations, have created dreadful conditions in some places in Latin and South America, driving immigrants to the US to find safety and work.… Read more »