Archbishop of York John Sentamu has called for a mature debate about immigration.
Polls suggest debate about immigration could dominate the General Election campaign.
“I want us to have a less charged debate about immigration.” Archbishop Sentamu said in interview with the Telegraph.
He noted that the debate had descended into “jingoistic nonsense”.
Archbishop Sentamu said: “In terms of immigration, [Britain] can’t forever go on letting in anybody because it is an island. It will reach a state in which in terms of your housing policy, education policy, roads, infrastructure, actually can’t cope. Not because you are being unfriendly.
“But you can only do that properly when you have got a proper debate. At the moment it is just jingoistic nonsense and I don’t buy it.”