UK Bishop Welcomes New Asylum Approach

‘Being Human in the Asylum System’

New Asylum Approach

Bishop Paul McAleenan, the Lead Bishop for Migrants and Refugees of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, has welcomed the publication of a new report by the Catholic organization Jesuit Refugee Service UK arguing for a radically new ‘human-centered’ approach to asylum.

Titled Being Human in the Asylum System, the report draws on principles of Catholic Social Teaching and concludes that new government proposals to reform the asylum system will “deepen hostility to refugees” and “threaten the fabric of society”.

Being Human in the Asylum System is a timely reminder that refugees are not a political problem to be solved, but people with dignity who deserve our respect and protection,” says Bishop McAleenan.

“This report is not only rooted in Catholic Social Teaching but was informed by truly listening to the voices of refugees about their unique experiences, something that we all need to do much more.

“Engaged in daily encounters with refugees the Jesuit Refugee Service speaks from a position of knowledge and authority. Driven by the principle that ‘we are not being called to share magnanimously what is ours, but to share what belongs in justice, for our common dignity’ the report is uncompromising. Justice cannot be compromised, people’s welfare must be prioritized.

“Therefore I hope that this report will be seriously considered by policymakers and will contribute towards building an asylum system that puts people at the center.”

JRS UK report seeks to envisage a just and person-centered asylum system by bringing refugee experience and policy analysis into conversation with Catholic Social Teaching, against the backdrop of new, deeply troubling government proposals for an overhaul of the asylum system.

Read the Report
Visit the official website of the Jesuit Refugee Service UK for more information and to download a PDF of the report Being Human in the asylum system.