The Catholic Bishops of England and Wales have welcomed the EU’s approval of quotas for a fairer relocation of refugees across Europe along with a more co-ordinated approach in handling the migrant crisis.
‘We welcome the arrival of the first group of the 20,000 Syrian refugees from camps through the government’s vulnerable persons resettlement scheme. We urge the UK Government to commit the resources necessary for the implementation of the resettlement programmes for the short and long term, beyond the period for which funding is guaranteed to Local Authorities.’
The Bishops urge the UK Government to use diplomatic channels to bring an end to the conflict in Syria while providing legal and safe routes into the UK, pledging to support the government to bring in more vulnerable women and children before the winter approaches and to cut off the illegal routes of traffickers and people smugglers.
For the full statement see the Catholic Church in England and Wales website.