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Individuals are more generous than governments over immigration, says Cardinal Nichols

The cardinal said political leaders need to look at what we gain from migration, as well as the problems we confront

Cardinal Vincent Nichols has said that many Britons are willing to welcome refugees but are stopped by fearful government policies.

“We hope that the way in which governments respond to the immense challenge which faces us will take more seriously the personal generosity of so many, in this country, too, who are willing to welcome refugees and desperate migrants and yet are hindered from doing so by policies shaped more by caution and fear," the cardinal said in his homily at an annual diocesan Mass for migrants in Westminster Cathedral.

Cardinal Nichols said “a voice of protest is needed," especially when the lives of children were at stake. “While it is right to keep silent when children are asleep, it is never right to stay silent when they are perishing at sea or at risk in hostile camps."

“From those who deal in creating fear of migrant people and who seek to profit from that fear, whether financially or politically, we ask for a more responsible leadership, a leadership that looks at all that we gain as well as the problems we confront," the cardinal said during the Mass commemorating the Feast of St Joseph the Worker.

Cardinal Nichols told the congregation that London “would not function" without the “great contribution" of its migrant communities. However, he suggested that new policies aimed at restricting immigration meant that the United Kingdom could not show greater hospitality to refugees even if its citizens wanted to.

The cardinal’s comments came amid the enforcement of a controversial deal to send migrants crossing the Aegean Sea back to Turkey in an attempt to halt a vast flow of people into the EU from Africa, the Middle East and South Asia. Last year, the phenomenon resulted in more than a million people arriving in Germany alone.

The deal means that Turkey will receive £4 billion from the European Union, an assurance that it will join the EU, and the right of 77 million Turks to travel without visas throughout most of the bloc, under the Schengen Agreement.

In an apparent allusion to the deal, the cardinal criticized “international plans that often seem to treat people purely as problems or even as packages to be sent from place to place."

“We hope that the way in which governments respond to the immense challenge which faces us will take more seriously the personal generosity of so many, in this country, too, who are willing to welcome refugees and desperate migrants and yet are hindered from doing so by policies shaped more by caution and fear," he said.

“We hear reports of sadness, dismay, frustration, anger, rejection and humiliation: from Iraq and Jordan, to Libya and Calais," he continued.

“Yes, this is ‘a vale of tears’ as both the Mediterranean and the Aegean Seas become, in the Holy Father’s words, graveyards for children, the elderly and their families," he said.

The cardinal said he prayed that the nation’s leaders would “find the courage and imagination to respond more generously to those in need, speeding up our own resettlement program and looking to see how other avenues of rescue and support can be provided," he added.

In exchange, the Turkish government would accept the return of any migrant who failed to register for asylum upon arrival in Greece.

The deal went into effect March 20 and coincided with the closure of overland routes into northern Europe through the Balkans. Migrants continue to enter via the Mediterranean, however, with some 300,000 expected to attempt the often deadly 185-mile crossing from North Africa to Italy over the summer.

Cardinal Nichols’ remarks also came as the British government resists pressure to allow 3,000 child refugees already in the EU to enter Britain. The government has argued that because the refugees have arrived in safe countries they did not need to be transported to Britain.

The UK has a separate program to resettle 20,000 refugees from the Syrian war, along with 3,000 displaced children from camps in the Middle East.


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  1. Zorsha Reply

    Amen we are called to Serve God’s children

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