House of Commons
EPISCOPAL VISIT TO SUPPORT REFUGEES AND ASYLUM SEEKERS IN CALAIS
EDM #651
Tabled 05 December 2017
2017-19 Session
That this House notes the visit of Bishop William Nolan, Bishop of Galloway and President of Justice and Peace Scotland and Bishop Paul McAleenan, Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster and Lead Bishop for Asylum and Migration to Calais on 28-29 November 2017 as guests of the Maria Skobtsova Catholic Worker House; understands that this charity supports vulnerable people including refugees in Calais; recognises that the destruction of the so-called Jungle camp has made many people, including unaccompanied asylum-seeking children, vulnerable to increasing hostility and restrictions from local authorities; understands that these restrictions include bans on food distribution, the provision of showers, and the confiscation of sleeping bags and tents; further understands that there have been reports of migrants being pepper-sprayed; commends the endeavours of those in Calais who continue to support all fleeing persecution and exploitation; hopes that, as the Advent season begins, people of all faiths and none will recognise the nativity crib image of a displaced family seeking sanctuary as representative of the importance of making welcome the stranger; considers the joint statement issued by Bishop Nolan and Bishop McAleenan which calls on the Government to embrace the true spirit of the Dubs Amendment and extend the provision beyond the original timeframe of March 2016, streamline the implementation of the Dublin III Regulations and establish facilities that will allow migrants to raise their asylum claims from Europe; and urges the UK and French Governments jointly to develop infrastructures to enable dignified living in Calais.

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