The leaders of the three main political parties have thrown their support behind Refugee Week and by confirming their commitment to refugee protection.
Prime Minister David Cameron, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and opposition leader Ed Milliband all praised the UK’s long tradition of offering safety to people fleeing persecution.
Prime Minister David Cameron said:
“The UK has a long tradition of providing sanctuary for those fleeing persecution. I am proud that the UK offers genuine refugees and their children an opportunity to build a new life. Refugee Week is an excellent opportunity to recognise this and the contribution that refugees make to the UK.”
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg added:
“Refugee week is an important opportunity to draw attention to those people across the world who have been forced to flee from their homes, communities and countries. It also offers us the chance to celebrate the remarkable contribution which refugees make when they establish new lives in other countries.
“The UK has a long and proud tradition of providing refuge to people at a time of crisis. Our culture is immeasurably richer for the culture, hard work, and diversity which refugees have brought to our society. I am proud that this legacy continues, and this year we have played our part by providing humanitarian aid, shelter and support to many Syrians fleeing the chaos engulfing their country.”
Leader of the Labour Party Ed Miliband said:
“Refugee Week is a good moment to celebrate our country’s history of offering sanctuary to those fleeing persecution and war. As the son of refugees I am particularly proud and grateful for that.”
The news came as the Refugee Council, Refugee Week, IOM and Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Refugees Sarah Teather MP teamed up to host a prestigious reception at the Speaker’s House in Parliament to mark the beginning of Refugee Week and celebrate the contributions of refugees to UK life.