Many faith groups are expressing their distaste at the proposed Nationality and Borders Bill, which is currently progressing through parliament.

There are real concerns that it separates those seeking asylum into 2 groups; the ‘deserving’ who arrive here under resettlement schemes and the ‘undeserving’ who make their own way here out of desperation, on so-called ‘illegal’ routes. I would recommend you read the Jesuit/SVP toolkit, which has been developed by the SVP and JRSUK. This resource, in a long and a short version, provides the kind of detail on this Bill, which will help parish and team groups engage in detail with what needs to be changed to make the legislation more humane and more conformed to the principles of Catholic Social Teaching and includes a specimen letter which you may wish to send to your MP. This bill is currently at an advanced stage and may well soon become law. The time to act is now!

Interfaith Prayer Vigil

If you find yourself concerned about the Nationalities and Borders Bill, you may also be interested to find out more about our Interfaith Vigils.

Churches and faith communities are standing together against Derwentside Immigration Removal Centre and the detention of women seeking asylum.

The Justice & Peace Co–ordinating Council for the Diocese have expressed concern at how the new arrangements mean that the Government, at a time of a national pandemic, is separating people into substandard camps without essential human services. These undermine human dignity and make the people who are forced to live there the targets for far–right groups.

A monthly prayer vigil is held outside the centre on the first Sunday of each month at 3.00pm, with upcoming dates in November and December. A short prayer service is held with solidarity shown between people of all faiths and none. If you would like to find out more about this, please select the event opposite.