Wednesday 5th July 2023): 

As faith leaders, we represent people and communities whose belief, worship and action point us towards the kind of society we wish to build for the common good. The Illegal Migration Bill falls short of our obligation towards the most vulnerable. It fails to meet the basic test of an evidence-based and workable policy. We need an alternative approach that reflects our country’s history, values and responsibility.

With more than 100 million people displaced around the world, this crisis will not be solved without significant collective endeavour. To improve the Bill, we support an amendment requiring the government to produce a ten-year strategy, collaborating internationally to stop the boats here and globally, and tackle refugee crises and human trafficking. The UK should take a lead in setting out a just, compassionate approach, ensuring that people seeking sanctuary are protected, claims decided quickly and justly, human traffickers are punished, and the root causes of mass migration are properly addressed.

The Most Rev Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury

The Most Rev Stephen Cottrell, Archbishop of York

The Right Rev Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham

Commissioner Anthony Cotterill, Territorial Commander of the Salvation Army

Rabbi Charley Baginsky and Rabbi Josh Levy, CEOs of Progressive Judaism

Mrs Trupti Patel, president, Hindu Forum of Britain

Lord Singh of Wimbledon, Director of the Network of Sikh Organisations UK

Imam Qari Asim, Senior Imam, Makkah Mosque, Leeds

Imam Dr. Sayed Razawi, Chief Imam (Scotland), Director-General of the