Leaders of the Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Church of Scotland, the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church have called on the UK Government to rethink the way it speaks about migrants.
They have issued a statement on the situation in Calais, emphasising the importance of public debate being grounded in values of compassion and of decisions being made on the basis of facts.
They call on the UK Government to adopt language which better reflects the British values of compassion, hospitality and respect for human dignity and to promote a more informed and higher level of debate.
For more information see The Methodist Church in Britain website
The full statement is available via The Joint Public Issues Team