Former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey has been strongly criticised for backing an attempt by anti-immigration campaigners to turn migration into a confrontational election issue, and for appearing to want migrants who accept 'Christian values' to have priority.
Pope Benedict XVI has issued a strong message in advance of the ninety-sixth World Day of Migrants and Refugees, which is due to be celebrated on 17 January 2010 and which focuses on underage refugees and migrants.
Tom Brake MP, Lord Bhikhu Parekh, commentator Yasmin Alibhai-Brown and expert Keith Best were key speakers at a meeting in the House of Common on 24 November 2009 looking at the social impact of immigration.
The BNP Question Time saga has raised important issues about negative 'mainstream' views on immigration and damaging ideas about 'Christian Britiain', says Vaughan Jones. Christians are challenged to expose these lies by living and speaking differently.
In what will be seen as a very unhelpful intervention to the debate on immigration by many church campaigners for migrants and refugees, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, George Carey, has called for a ‘clear cap’ on population growth.
"We believe that this is a moment where we are invited by God to commit ourselves to be instruments of change in the church and the wider society," participants in an international conference on "Churches against Racism" have said