Church of England is not a ‘passive observer of migration policy’

The Archbishop, who is the head of the Church of England, also reiterated his view that “there are serious ethical questions about using ‘deterrence’ to stop asylum seekers trying to reach our shores”. “Like many, I oppose sending vulnerable and traumatized people more than 4,000 miles away without their consent, and paying another country to … Read more

BBC guilty of ‘xenophobia’ over Rwanda refugee deal

Asked about the BBC’s coverage of the issue, Ms Patel said: “I was questioned by them last week, in Rwanda. They had a traveling delegation with us. And I was quite taken aback just by the tone of references to Rwanda. “I’ve already referenced the type of undercurrent, without actually understanding the details, and not … Read more

BBC more critical of Rwanda migrant plan than Vladimir Putin’s Ukraine invasion

On the same morning, the Archbishop of York joined the Archbishop of Canterbury in criticizing the plan to send migrants to Rwanda. In his Easter Sunday sermon at York Minster, Stephen Cottrell said he had found it “so depressing and distressing this week to find that asylum seekers fleeing war, famine and oppression from deeply, … Read more

Priti Patel has ‘misunderstood’ church’s role, says bishop after Rwanda migrant deal row

Priti Patel’s local bishop has accused her of misunderstanding the role of the church in the continuing row over the Rwanda migrant deal. Guli Francis-Dehqani, Bishop of Chelmsford and a former asylum seeker, wrote to the Home Secretary on Monday to express her full backing for the Archbishop of Canterbury, who described the Rwanda proposal … Read more

Rwanda refugee plan is ungodly, says Justin Welby

The Telegraph understands that at least one other country has contacted the Government to explore a similar deal to the one with Rwanda, which involves Britain giving economic support in exchange for handling refugees. Under the plans, refugees who are approved in Rwanda will then be allowed to stay, rather than being repatriated to the … Read more

Navy sends four boats to the Channel during first ‘red day’ in charge

In a speech at Lydd airport in Kent announcing the move, Mr Johnson said the aim was to ensure that “no boat makes it to the UK undetected” by “identifying, intercepting and investigating” all attempts. It will be backed by £50 million of new Government funding. Pointing to incoming laws introducing life sentences for people-smugglers, … Read more

Channel migrants to be sent to Rwanda

Ministers are also expected to announce the first purpose-built Greek-style reception center in England, where migrants will have to obey strict rules or lose their rights to claim asylum. The centre, on a former RAF base, will be modeled on camps for asylum seekers being built by Greece, where migrants face routine checks on their … Read more