MPs to debate Syrian refugee scheme - Refugee Council
July 10, 2014

MPs to debate Syrian refugee scheme

An upcoming parliamentary debate is to address the UK’s poor record on offering resettlement places to Syrian refugees.

After announcing in January it was setting up a special scheme to bring Syrian refugees to safety in the UK, the Government has revealed that just 50 Syrian refugees have been resettled in Britain.

In fact, the Home Office has said it only plans to resettle a few hundred people over a three year period.

This simply isn’t good enough.

The Government must be held to account. That’s why we’ve pressed for a debate to be called in Parliament on the issue. Our leaders need to see that we have not forgotten the suffering of Syrian refugees. The Government must be held to its promise to provide resettlement places for the most vulnerable Syrian refugees.

We can’t do this alone. Please ask your MP to attend the debate, and speak up for Syrian refugees.

Email them today.

Sadly, the humanitarian catastrophe in Syria shows no sign of going away. There are now over 2.8 million refugees and the UN is appealing to governments around the world to help resettle 130,000 of the most vulnerable people.

Other countries have responded to this colossal need by increasing the numbers of places they are pledging, but the UK has yet to offer enough resettlement places to fill a bus. Given the scale of the crisis, we should be offering entire plane loads of seats to safety.

Ask your MP to send a clear message to the Government on your behalf: we must go the extra mile to help Syrian refugees find safety. Email them now.

 Photo courtesy of UNHCR.