The UK will accept up to 20,000 refugees from Syria over the next five years, David Cameron has told MPs. The prime minister said the UK had a “moral responsibility” to those living in camps bordering Syria while doing all it can to end the conflict there.
Vulnerable children and orphans would be prioritised in what would be a “national effort”, Mr Cameron said. But Labour said the 20,000 figure was inadequate and secured an emergency Commons debate on Tuesday. Commons Speaker John Bercow agreed to a Labour request for a three-hour debate about the wider crisis in Europe, with shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper urging the prime minister to reconsider his response.
Ms Cooper insisted Britain must also help refugees who have made it to Europe as well as Mr Cameron’s current proposal to take more from camps surrounding Syria.
Read more at http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-34171148