Political pressure is mounting on the Government to accept resettled refugees fleeing the Syrian conflict.
In the last week, the Labour Party, former Liberal Democrat leader Sir Menzies Campbell, back bench Conservative MP Mark Pritchard, and UKIP’s Nigel Farage have all echoed our call on the Government to offer protection to the most vulnerable people fleeing the conflict.
So far the Government has committed £500m to the relief effort: a very generous response which we commend. However, given the scale of the crisis, the Refugee Council believes we must show active solidarity with those countries bordering Syria and respond to UNHCR’s call on western countries to offer resettlement places.
Only a global resettlement programme will offer a durable solution to the most vulnerable, including women at risk, those with disabilities and vulnerable older adults.
As thousands of people continue to cross the borders daily in search of safety, and with conditions worsening, a global resettlement must be part of the solution and we must play our part.
The Prime Minister has said that Britain is not a country which will stand back and do nothing. The UK has a proud tradition of protecting refugees. We must help to provide a safe haven to those who will struggle to survive the harsh winter conditions in the region.
Now is the time to offer a place of safety and protection to those fleeing the conflict.