Britain to accept thousands more Syrian refugees: PM
London, Sep 4 (IANS) British Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday announced that the country will provide resettlement to thousands more Syrian refugees in response to the worsening migrant crisis.
Cameron, who is currently in Lisbon for talks with his Portuguese counterpart Pedro Passos Coelho, said more details would be set out next week following talks with organisations working in the region.
He may not be able to put a specific number on how many refugees the government is willing to take, but it is expected the government will make a statement on Monday when parliament returns after the summer recess, The Guardian reported.
People selected to come to Britain are likely to be drawn from the UN Refugee Agency camps on the border of Syria and not from the French port town of Calais or other locations near the country.
But the final number of refugees allowed will amount to fewer than tens of thousands, well short of the numbers likely to be taken by Germany.
Cameron reiterated that, since there are reportedly two million Syrian refugees in the Middle East, the ultimate answer does not lie in taking refugees but in finding a political solution within Syria.
Cameron’s move followed France and Germany called on the European Union on Thursday to force member countries to take obligatory quotas of refugees and asylum seekers.