Bishop of Ripon urges David Cameron to increase refugee intake

The Bishop of Ripon
The Bishop of Ripon

The Bishop of Ripon has called on David Cameron to increase the number of Syrian refugees being resettled in England.

The Rt. Revd. James Bell, Bishop of Ripon was one of 84 bishops who have urged the government to accept more than the 20,000 refugees they agreed to in September.

The Church of England published the letter on October 17 stating there should be a minimum of 50,000 refugees accepted into the country over the next five years.

The Rt. Revd. James Bell said: “Everywhere I go in this area I find that people are praying for the refugees and are expressing their concerns.

“This is a humanitarian crisis and the letter is a way of saying that we want to see something extra done to be part of the solution.

“As an approach we think it is a very positive one. We wanted to say that it is great we are accepting 20,000 people but could we not make that 50,000 which is more in line with what other countries are doing.”

The letter described the mass movement of refugees as a ‘moral crisis’ bit the Ripon Bishop said he has been encouraged by the city’s ‘heartwarming response’.

He said: “It’s great to see people responding with such warmth and compassion, wanting to welcome refugees.”