Welby: We must take in Mediterranean migrants

Concerns over the impact of immigration must not stop Britain and other countries “doing what is right” and providing a home for migrants fleeing across Mediterranean, the Archbishop of Canterbury has insisted.

The Most Rev Justin Welby said all European nations must play their part in a massive continent-wide settlement programme rather than treating the crisis as the responsibility of Italy and its immediate neighbours.

Britain and other EU countries are under growing pressure to restart full scale search and rescue operations which were halted last year amid claims that rescuing migrants could encourage people smugglers…