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Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2494

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Church welcomes PM’s U-turn on migrants charge for ‘settled status’

The Catholic Church has welcomed the announcement by the Prime Minister that European migrants will no longer be required to pay £65 when they apply to stay in the UK ahead of Britain leaving the EU.

Theresa May’s reversed her policy demanding that EU citizens, who have lived in the UK for at least five years and are seeking “settled status”, pay the application fee.

Auxiliary Bishop Paul McAleenan of Westminster, the lead bishop on migration and asylum at the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, said: “I am pleased that the government has abandoned plans to charge EU citizens for securing their existing rights.

 “As I conveyed to the Immigration Minister earlier this year, such charges would not only be unjust, but would also create an unnecessary barrier for many people accessing the settlement scheme.

“The Church stands in solidarity with all EU citizens who have made their home here and we will continue to engage with the government as the scheme is implemented.”