JPIT: July 2019
A year ago, we (the Joint Public Issues Team for four churches including the Methodist Church) released our report into the Hostile Environment: Destitution, Discrimination & Distrust. The Home Office's own enquiry into the Windrush scandal now reportedly finds that the policy — that's still in place — was reckless and discriminatory. For the Guardian article about this, click here.
We want to see a society that welcomes the stranger. Migration, whether voluntary or forced, appears in political discussions time and again. As Churches we approach the question of migration first and foremost with the understanding that we are all children of God. We highlight the ongoing plight of refugees and displaced people affirming a human response to the crisis. We emphasise the importance of treating people with decency whatever our immigration policy. This is why as Churches we are calling for an end to the government's hostile environment policy, and for asylum seekers to have the right to work.
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