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The War Cry comments on new starts in Britain

The topic of immigration is one that divides opinions

IT was a momentous day on 22 June 1948 when the passengers of Empire Windrush disembarked at the Port of Tilbury. Among those passengers were hundreds of people from the Caribbean looking to start a new life in Britain.

Their arrival was so significant that the name of the boat was given collectively to the thousands of people who made their way from the Commonwealth to Britain in the following years. They became known as the ‘Windrush generation’.

Among them was seven-year-old Linbert Spencer who, in this issue of The War Cry, looks back at his arrival in England in 1955 and remembers the excitement he felt at coming to a new country.

Also reflecting on beginning a new life in Britain is Ghassan who, along with his wife and three children, came to Britain last year having fled from his home in war-torn Syria.

The family are being supported by the Salvation Army church in Raynes Park, southwest London, which is part of a community sponsorship scheme that has been established by the government. Church leader Major Nick Coke describes how his congregation felt moved to do more to help those who, through no fault of their own, had been driven from their home and way of life.

The topic of immigration is one that divides opinions. Some people see it as disruptive to the nation and its way of life; others believe that our society is enriched when people from other countries and cultures become part of it.

No matter what our point of view, there can be no denying that many people around the world find themselves in desperate situations because of war, government corruption or natural disasters.

It is incumbent upon those of us who enjoy a more peaceful and prosperous life to do all we can to share that peace and prosperity more widely – for now and future generations.

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