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Migrants, and a fear of being overrun

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01 May 2015

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From the Revd Dr Nigel Scotland

Sir, - It seems to have escaped the political parties in the present election debates that there is a right to have and maintain national borders. Indeed the concept of protecting them is rooted in the Christian doctrine of sacred space.

Even the most liberal-minded thinkers acknowledge this, albeit probably unknowingly, when they demand that individuals have the human right for their personal space to be protected.

Clearly, as a country, we must welcome those in genuine need of refuge, and others who come to work, though not without limit; but by this same principle do not the citizens of this nation have the human right to prevent their national space from being overrun?

NIGEL SCOTLAND

8 The Rowans, Woodmancote, Cheltenham GL52 99L

 

From the Revd Roger White

Sir, - You led on migrants (News, 24 April), but nowhere in that edition is there mention of what happens to the refugees. I saw no word about Britain's responsibility to take a fair share of the EU burden.

In Germany, we are only too aware of the problem and its repercussions. Germany has 200,000 to care for, yet a small proportion of the total flooding into Europe. Many come through Italy, where there is immediate relief and care, but nowhere for refugees to go to. So they come to Germany, despite the threat of being sent back to where they entered Europe.

We in Hamburg, as in many other places countrywide, have people in containers, in converted old schools and industrial disused sites, and every week more accommodation must be found and made ready.

The Lutheran Church plays its part, and the marvellous thing is, that so many ordinary people, who never thought it possible, find themselves enjoying being volunteers in welcoming and helping refugees come to terms with a different culture.

Are you all fearful in Britain? What of? Is it just a matter of waiting until after the Election and then getting to grips with the problem? I hope that might be the case. People here are finding that a window of enrichment is beginning to open in having these guests among us.

ROGER WHITE,

Spannwisch 7, 22159 Hamburg, Germany

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