Last week the Government announced that the number of child refugees to be allowed entry to the UK under the Dubs Amendment will be capped at 350, not the 3,000 that were supposed to be accepted under the amendment.
In response the Archbishop released a statement condemning the decision, saying: "I was saddened and shocked to read in the Ministerial statement released yesterday that only 350 children will be received under the regulations in the Dubs Amendment. Our country has a great history of welcoming those in need, particularly the most vulnerable, such as unaccompanied children.
“Refugees, like all people, are treasured human beings made in the image of God who deserve safety, freedom and the opportunity to flourish. Jesus commands us to care for the most vulnerable among us.”
Diane Peters, diocesan refugee support adviser, commented:
“I fully support the Archbishop’s call to continue our long and proud history of helping the most vulnerable and his hope that the government will reconsider its decision to limit the number of children received under the regulations in the Dubs Amendment.
“Last week I heard the story of one Syrian refugee. He described trying to help unaccompanied children attempting to make it to the safety of the west saying, ‘I had to do it, these could have been my children.’ Many of these children were trying to reach relatives in the UK but all of them were struggling to survive in body, mind and spirit and needed care and support to escape their traumatic past and the dire circumstances they were living in.
“A solution needs to be found that allows those most in need to find sanctuary in our country. Far too few Syrian families have arrived in the UK on the resettlement programme. I know that there are people and church groups ready and willing to support these children. People ready and willing to obey Jesus’ command to care for the most vulnerable among us."
To learn more about how parishes in diocese are responding to the refugee crisis, visit: www.cofeguildford.org.uk/refugees