A Statement by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales on ‘Migration issues in the UK’ was approved by the Plenary Assembly of the Bishops’ Conference on Friday 6 May 2022.

It follows:

In his 2014 message for the World Day for Migrants and Refugees Pope Francis wrote, “We ourselves need to see, and then to enable others to see, that migrants and refugees… are brothers and sisters to be welcomed, respected and loved“.

  1. This plea of Pope Francis is as urgent as ever. Given the events of recent weeks it is of particular relevance for the Catholic Church in England and Wales. Our appeal for refugees and asylum seekers to be welcomed and respected is based on the fundamental principle of the dignity of every person, created in the image and likeness of God. Every nation should recognise this dignity and the rights which flow from it.

Read the full statement by visiting the Bishops’ Conference website here or by clicking to download it opposite.