Kirk plea on state­less­ness

The Herald - - FRONT PAGE -

THE Church of Scot­land is back­ing an ini­tia­tive call­ing on the UK Gov­ern­ment to do more to sup­port “state­less” peo­ple.

Right Rev Dr Derek Brown­ing, Mod­er­a­tor of the Gen­eral As­sem­bly, has joined 110 re­li­gious and faith lead­ers in sign­ing a state­ment urg­ing more ac­tion to wel­come those who have no coun­try to call their home. It calls on the gov­ern­ment to re­view en­sure state­less peo­ple do not end up “locked in limbo”.

Re­search in 2016 showed more than 800 peo­ple in the UK were wait­ing for a de­ci­sion on their sta­tus un­der a state­less­ness pro­ce­dure in­tro­duced in 2013. Many of them had been in limbo or de­ten­tion for more than two years.

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