Is there a Biblical argument against immigration?

In my article about Brexit, I explained that I did not see the key issue as immigration. In fact between you and me, it was one of the things that so easily could have turned me off against the whole referendum.  Ironically even though Brexit focused on immigration, it wasn’t really a debate about itContinue reading “Is there a Biblical argument against immigration?”

Learning to See – That important detail

On a couple of occasions, I’ve been asked for informal advice about a legal matter. Sometimes it has been to do with employment law, once or twice about family law and often to do with immigration and asylum.  Often people start with a lengthy story of every single possible grievance or defence that might haveContinue reading “Learning to See – That important detail”

Learning to see – the full picture

Going back a month or two, you may remember that when asked, Boris Johnson promised that if necessary, the armed forces would be made available to help with the effort against COVID-19. This led to predictable headlines and tweets about troops on the street and people claiming that the Government was using the pandemic asContinue reading “Learning to see – the full picture”

Welcoming Refugees – The extra mile

There were about 35,000 asylum seekers who came to the UK last year. Some of them will have ended up at churches, some because they were Christians, whether nominally or as heart believers. Others will have come looking for help, advice, practical support  and ESOL classes. Some will have been avoided to kids clubs ToddlersContinue reading “Welcoming Refugees – The extra mile”

Refugees – Blessing or burden?

Thinking back to a conversation I had with two other Christians about the Home Office’s approach to processing asylum claims, I was struck again by how much our perception of the asylum system is shaped by our view of asylum seekers themselves. If I think that asylum seekers are very likely to be fake, justContinue reading “Refugees – Blessing or burden?”

How we respond to asylum policies is likely to depend on our presuppositions

Steve Kneale has argued here that we need a different type of blue-skies thinking to get to grips with the issue of asylum. He helpfully identifies a number of problems with the current situation and some of the suggested solutions. He then goes on to make some of his own recommendations. The challenge with respondingContinue reading “How we respond to asylum policies is likely to depend on our presuppositions”

When a community has a blind spot

I want to pick up on a brilliant question that was raised by one of our church family on the Zoom discussion last Sunday. We had listened to James preach on Matthew 7:1-6 and then one of the members asked “is it possible for these verses to talk about a whole community, church or institution?”Continue reading “When a community has a blind spot”

Why would asylum seekers want … or need to come here?

One of the main objections to asylum seekers coming to the UK is that they will have often had to pass through several other countries to get here.  Surely, they should claim asylum in the first “safe” country they come to. I think that this misunderstands how fleeing for safety and shelter works. Imagine thatContinue reading “Why would asylum seekers want … or need to come here?”

Don’t forget about asylum seekers

This week, the Guardian reported on an attempt to deport a young girl at risk of experiencing FGM. Now, if the child’s mother or father were attempting to take her out of the country to face this horrific abuse, then the courts and the Government would rightly be doing everything in their power to stopContinue reading “Don’t forget about asylum seekers”