Archbishop Justin has said it is outrageous to describe people who are worried about the impact of migration as racist.
He told Parliament’s The House magazine there was “genuine fear” of the impact on housing, jobs and the NHS.
The exact number of refugees in the world is not known, but the conflict in Syria has forced about 11 million people to flee their homes and country. So while I agree that we may fear the impact this has on our country, that fear is nothing compared to the people, who no fault of their own, find themselves with nothing and often with nowhere to turn for help.
It’s easy to forget when it’s not right on your doorstep, that these are normal people, like you and me. Most will have had jobs; bank managers, nurses, cleaners, sales agents, secretaries. Normal people earning salaries and living their life with the family they love. We are so incredibly lucky that we live in a country where we feel safe, but if we didn’t and we suddenly lost our homes and everything we owned, how would you feel knowing that other places, other people didn’t want to help? Everybody can make a difference to these people’s lives; it’s often just the small things we do that can make a difference. Educate yourself on how you can help, visit the GARAS website www.garas.org.uk/What_can_you_do_to_help.aspx
By Lucy Taylor, Head of Communications, Diocese of Gloucester.