Archbishop of Canterbury: ministers should reconsider child refugee decision

Source: The Guardian


By  Religion correspondent

Justin Welby leads calls among religious figures following government announcement that it will no longer accept lone children

Justin Welby, the archbishop Of Canterbury
Justin Welby said he was ‘saddened and shocked’ by the decision. Photograph: Neil P Mockford/Getty Images

The archbishop of Canterbury has led a groundswell of protest from faith leaders over the government’s announcement that it is ending its provision of safe havens for lone child refugees in Europe, calling for the decision to be reconsidered.

Justin Welby said he was “saddened and shocked” at the move. “Our country has a great history of welcoming those in need, particularly the most vulnerable, such as unaccompanied children,” he said in a statement.

“Refugees, like all people, are treasured human beings made in the image of God who deserve safety, freedom and the opportunity to flourish.”

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