Friday, 30 September 2016

Joint Public Issues Team: The short-sightedness of blame in the face of need –Archbishop Sentamu and the Refugee crisis

Joint Public Issues Team: The short-sightedness of blame in the face of need –Archbishop Sentamu and the Refugee crisis

There is no ignoring the scale of the problem, nor pretending that to do more would have no impact on the UK. And yet to suggest that the problem has been caused by the Schengen Agreement or that camps like the Jungle wouldn’t exist without Schengen is vastly misleading. Families and children are not fleeing Syria because of the free movement of people within the EU. They are doing so because of the countless atrocities they face at home. The question for the UK is not what are others doing or not doing, but how much are we willing to offer these people in need?


It is quite clear that the Archbishop of York has absolutely no understanding of migration in Europe and has made a fool of himself. He probably thought "let's grab a headline by talking tough about refugees!"

It ill-becomes archbishops to ape the tabloid press. It looks pathetically hypocritical in his case, given that he was himself a refugee from Uganda.

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