Diocesan press releases

Churches urged to lobby assembly members over migrant camps in Northern France

Congregations are being encouraged to lobby their local assembly member urging them to support a new cross-party Statement of Opinion on Migrant Camps in Northern France.

The statement has been tabled in the Senedd by the Conservative AM Darren Millar, and co-sponsored by Ann Jones AM (Labour), Aled Roberts AM (Liberal Democrats) and Alun Ffred Jones AM (Plaid Cymru). 

It follows a meeting between Darren Millar, AM for Clwyd West, the Vicar of Holywell, the Revd Aidan Coleman who recently visited the Jungle Camp in Calais and the Engagement Officer for the Diocese of St Asaph, Sarah Wheat.

Revd Aidan Coleman said: “I visited the Jungle Camp in Calais in December, taking blankets and supplies donated by people across the Diocese of St Asaph and was moved and humbled by the plight of so many.

“The camp is home to some 6,000 men, women and children seeking refuge and sanctuary. It is growing daily with new arrivals and six children were born stateless in the camp last year. A similar camp at Dunkirk we were told is home to 2,000 souls.

“More needs to be done to end this terrible situation and I urge the British Government, through this statement of opinion tabled in the Senedd, to put in place a plan for the refugees in Northern France allowing them to access fair and thorough procedures to determine their eligibility to international protection.”

The Statement of Opinion says The National Assembly for Wales:

  • Expresses concern regarding the welfare of non-EU citizens currently living in unlawful camps in Calais and Dunkirk
  • Applauds the efforts of Welsh individuals, charitable organisations and faith communities, seeking to meet the humanitarian needs of those in the camps
  • Calls upon the UK Government to work with the French Government to put in place a plan to deliver fair thorough and legal procedures to determine the eligibility of those in the camps to international protection as soon as possible
  • Calls upon the Welsh Government to consider how it may support the efforts of Welsh civil society in seeking to meet the humanitarian needs of those in the camps

People across Wales are being asked to contact their local Assembly Member asking them to support this statement.  You can read the statement at here and find out who your local AM is here