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

Sending refugees to Rwanda is tough, but it isn’t sensitive

Immigration has long been a toxic political issue. Recently, the rise of the National Front, and then the BNP, was mirrored across Europe. Today, in the UK, we have further controversy, this time over the Nationality and Borders Bill, currently facing deadlock between the Commons and the Lords. Two related elements are creating the current … Read more

Priti Patel to decide fate of Julian Assange as court orders extradition to the US

Priti Patel is to decide the fate of Julian Assange after a court ordered his extradition to the US. On Wednesday, the WikiLeaks founder’s extradition edged a step closer after magistrates formally issued an order paving the way for him to face espionage charges. The Home Secretary will now be responsible for deciding whether to … 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

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

Sabina Nessa: Murdered teacher’s sister ‘condemns Priti Patel’

T he sister of murdered teacher Sabina Nessa has condemned Priti Patel for failing to support female victims of violence, according to a report. Garage worker Koci Selamaj chased the 28-year-old and bludgeoned her over the head with a metal traffic triangle, before dragging her unconscious body into the undergrowth and strangling her in Kidbrooke, … Read more