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UK bishops unite with interfaith leaders, denounce illegal migration bill

Interfaith leaders in the UK have united to express their opposition to the government’s Illegal Migration bill, which is currently being reviewed in the House of Lords. This legislation has raised concerns among various Christian leaders, including the Archbishop of Canterbury and members of the House of Bishops. If the bill is enacted, it could potentially prevent individuals who enter the UK through irregular means, such as small boats, from applying for asylum. Instead, they may face deportation to their country of origin or relocation to a third country, with Rwanda being mentioned as a possible destination. The interfaith leaders are voicing their objections to these provisions and advocating for a more compassionate approach to addressing migration challenges.

Premier Christian News reports:

Interfaith leaders have joined forces to speak out against the government’s Illegal Migration bill.

The legislation is currently making its way through the House of Lords, but has come under scrutiny from a number of Christian leaders, including the Archbishop of Canterbury and figures within the House of Bishops.

If it passes, the bill could see all those who arrive into the UK via small boat – or other illegal means – unable to apply for asylum. Instead, they would be deported back to their country of origin, or sent to a third country, likely Rwanda.

Most Rev Justin Welby has repeatedly condemned the government’s approach to migration in recent years, and has publically stated that he believes the government would be shirking their responsibilities to asylum seekers, should the Rwanda scheme, or the Illegal Migration bill, go ahead.

Faith leaders from Christian, Jewish and Muslim groups have released a film with Together With Refugees to mark the first day of Refugee Week, in which they criticise the bill.

Speaking in the video, Rt Rev Dr Guli Francis-Dehqani, who arrived in the UK at 14 years old as a refugee from Iran, said: “This bill would allow the UK to turn its back on people in desperate need – denying safety to those who are vulnerable.

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