Archbishop of Canterbury says it is not racist to fear high level of immigration

People are entitled to fear the impact that the influx of large numbers of migrants could have on their communities, the Archbishop of Canterbury has said.

The Most Rev Justin Welby said it was “absolutely outrageous” to condemn people who raised such concerns as racist.

  • The Butterfly

    So is Michael Coren going to convert to the United Church now?

    • john700

      He’ll join Justin’s mosque.

  • Dana Garcia

    Is it acceptable to say invasion is what’s happening?

  • Millie_Woods

    Thirty years too late, but a nice gesture just the same.

  • Maurice Miner

    Well, I’m gob-smacked.

    This is the first sensible statement that I have heard pour from the lips of the Archbishop of Canterbury for at least a quarter of a century.

    I am certain that it will be far more nuanced in the context.

  • It is not racist to question irrational and unworkable immigration policies.

    There are plenty of immigrants who become citizens and are fine people.

    People who rape children and hate Jews are not fine people.

  • DavidinNorthBurnaby

    “The Archbishop said it was essential that the “genuine fear” that people
    felt was listened to and resources put in place to address their
    But not, one notices, that the invasion be averted.