Migration problems caused by injustice and prejudice

Co-director of Ekklesia backs calls for earned amnesty

7th May 2009: Mr. Simon Barrow, Co-director of the religion and society think-tank Ekklesia, has backed the call for granting amnesty to illegal immigrants in the UK.

In a message to back Strangers into Citizens campaign, Mr. Barrow said: "We need to understand that people movements are a fact of modern life. The problems around migration are caused by injustice and prejudice, not people. Poverty, violence, racism, human rights abuses, economic dislocation and environmental destruction uproot the vulnerable and enable criminality to prosper. These are what we should be targeting, not the vulnerable themselves."

He added that the Strangers into Citizens campaign – backed by senior church leaders and others – represents a "vital step in the right direction" toward a just migration policy.

"Welcome for the stranger, hospitality for the oppressed and justice for all regardless of nationality or ethnicity are moral imperatives deeply rooted in the Christian tradition, alongside those of other faiths and good faith," he added.

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