Last year (up to November 2018) asylum applications to Ireland increased by 27 per cent on the same time in the previous year, with the majority of applicants coming from Georgia, Albania, Syria, Zimbabwe and Pakistan.
“The well-being of local communities and of refugees alike requires that the provision of facilities for those who have lost everything must be carefully planned.”
Winter makes life in Moria and the improvised Olive Grove camp even harder than it already is for asylum seekers, and especially for the most vulnerable.
Parishioners have invoked a medieval law that prevents civil authorities entering a building where a religious service is ongoing.
The Church’s concern in this matter is justified as the majority of EU citizens in the EU are Catholic, and safeguarding their rights is a priority for the Catholic Church.
Former director of the bishops' Refugee and Migrant project warns that enforced idleness is unnatural and corrosive of dignity; people need to be allowed to work.