Lord Carey's comments about immigration show him to be living in an unreal world, says Vaughan Jones. For displaced people this is an issue of life and death. Migration is not a game with numbers. It is an issue which requires serious moves towards international justice - and a basic Christian issue of neighbourly love.
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.
"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
Against the backdrop of a sharp rise in anti-migrant rhetoric, the general secretary of the World Council of Churches has said the Bible is the "ultimate immigration handbook" and that Christians should stand with the oppressed.
A Christian denomination and a major migration service in the US have expressed deep concern over the damage to communities and families by recent immigration raids, detention and other enforcement actions. They want action for justice.