The bishops believe David Cameron's decision to accept 20,000 by 2020 was not an adequate response and said most British people wanted to offer more help."We believe at least 10,000 people a year for the next two years, rising to a minimum of 50,000 in total over the five years is more in line with comparable commitments made by other countries. It would be a meaningful and substantial response to the scale of human suffering we see daily."
Lord Phillips, former UK Supreme Court head, and Lord Macdonald, ex-director of public prosecutions, were among 300 to sign an open letter on the issue.
They too argued that the current offer to accept 20,000 refugees over five years was not enough. One retired judge said the UK could cope with taking in 75,000 a year.