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English Catholics say immigrant’s suicide shows ‘cruelty’ of government policy

December 13, 2023

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CWN Editor's Note: A migrant who was seeking asylum in the United Kingdom and was housed aboard a barge has died in an apparent suicide.

“Every migrant and refugee has a name, a face, and a story which must be listened to,” said Auxiliary Bishop Paul McAleenan of Westminster, the English bishops’ lead bishop for migrants and refugees. “This death, and the death of everyone seeking sanctuary, is a tragedy.”

“These are the real human consequences of deliberate and performative cruelty against people seeking sanctuary in the UK,” said Sarah Teather, director of the Jesuit Refugee Service in the UK.

“Large-scale, detention-like sites such as this expose people who have fled danger to severe re-trauma; cause near universal, chronic sleep deprivation; and rapidly lead to deterioration in their mental health,” the charity had earlier warned.

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