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Archbishop of York calls for Government to reopen two refugee resettlement schemes

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The Archbishop of York has decided to intervene in the United Kingdom’s migration crisis by demanding that the Government uphold Britain’s “proud tradition of offering sanctuary” by reopening two refugee resettlement schemes.

Revd Stephen Cottrell, the second most senior Anglican in the country, made the call in a letter to The Telegraph, signed by a string of senior faith leaders.

In this letter, the signatories call for the two refugee resettlement programmes launched by David Cameron in 2015, at the height of the migrant crisis, to be resumed.

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“Since the First World War the United Kingdom’s refugee resettlement schemes have proved a vital lifeline to tens of thousands of people who have come to the UK escaping some of the world’s most brutal conflicts and regimes,

 “We are calling on the Prime Minister and the Home Office to restart these safe and legal resettlement routes immediately,” Archbishop Cottrell and the others wrote.

The signatories include the Catholic Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster Paul McAleenan, the head of the Muslim Council of Britain Harun Khan, and the director of Liberal Judaism Rabbi Charley Baginsky, they asked that HM’s Government and the British people “shoulder this responsibility and continue the UK’s proud tradition of offering sanctuary and a safe home to some of the most vulnerable people in the world”.

According to reports from the Telegraph, around 60 different church and charity groups are currently waiting to receive a Syrian refugee family, with many having already bought houses, raised tens of thousands of pounds and gathered dozens of volunteers when the scheme was abruptly paused in March.

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