Logo

 

Banner Image:   National-News-banner-Purple
Template Mode:   Baptist Times
Icon
    Post     Tweet


'Embed compassion into immigration plan' 


The Joint Public Issues Team has joined more than 80 faith groups and faith leaders in asking the Home Office to embed principles of compassion and respect for human dignity in its New Plan for Immigration (NPFI) 


Statement1An open statement supported by more than 80 signatories from Christian denominations and other faiths was released on Monday (10 May).  

'As a coalition of Christian faith groups and faith leaders brought together by the St Vincent de Paul Society (England & Wales), we believe these proposals lack humanity and respect for human dignity,' the statement begins. 'We believe it would be wrong to create a system in which the way people enter the UK will impact how their asylum claim is processed and the status they might receive.'

The government announced the NPFI on 24 March, accompanied by a consultation. Following the closure of the consultation on 6 May 2021, the government is planning to introduce a bill to enshrine the proposals into UK law.

The statement continued, 'We welcome the government’s commitment to resettlement through the new UK Resettlement Scheme (UKRS) and look forward to the announcement of resettlement targets for the years to come, but this must not be at the expense of an asylum system that strives to offer protection to those who need it.

'We urge the Home Secretary to embed principles of welcome, protection and integration into the government’s policies. We must treat individuals and families seeking sanctuary on our shores as our brothers and sisters and valued members of our communities. How we respond to those in need has profound implications for who we are as a society.

'Recognising our obligations to those who seek sanctuary is fundamental to building a just and flourishing nation.'

Read the full statement here.

Baptist Times, 12/05/2021
    Post     Tweet
A resource designed to help people add a spiritual dimension alongside what they’re already doing has been launched by Fresh Expressions
An online survey launches on World Mental Health Day to understand just how safe UK LGBT+ Christians feel in their churches, and what can be done to make them feel safer
A new resource called Table may help you and your small group explore just that
The author of a new biography of Dr Graham Scroggie has asked readers of The Baptist Times for their help in recovering items relating to his life
The Baptists Together website and app developer has undergone a rebrand from ChurchInsight to Hubb.church to better reflect the integrated platform it now offers
The next Baptist Union Council takes place on 13-14 October, and there will be space to hear, reflect and celebrate how Baptists have responded in the pandemic. Do you have a story to share? New Council moderator Seidel Abel Boanerges explains more
     Latest News 
    Posted: 12/10/2021
    Posted: 13/09/2021
    Posted: 08/06/2021
    Posted: 03/06/2021
    Posted: 15/05/2021
    Posted: 04/05/2021
    Posted: 30/04/2021
    Posted: 30/04/2021
    Posted: 21/04/2021