UK promise on resettlement of Syrian refugees 'falls short', says Amnesty

By agency reporter
June 22, 2015

Amnesty International has responded to David Cameron's announcement that the UK government is to allow ‘modest expansion’ of the current resettlement scheme for Syrian refugees.

Amnesty welcomed the move, but described the UK Government’s analysis of the refugee crisis ‘flawed’.
The organisatio's UK’s Refugee expert, Steve Symonds said: “We welcome Prime Minister David Cameron’s decision to increase the number of Syrian refugees being resettled in the UK.

“But the UK and Europe must do more to support poorer countries accommodating millions of refugees, and to share the responsibility by accepting more refugees.

“Worryingly though, Mr Cameron’s understanding of the extreme situation impacting refugees remains flawed. There is no link between boarding a boat and settling in Europe. It is unhelpful to imply otherwise.

“People fleeing the ravages of conflict and insecurity dice with their lives as they board a rickety boat because the alternative is far worse."

He concluded: “Sadly, while the government’s analysis remains flawed, ‘modest’ proposals like this will continue to be inadequate.”

* AMnesty International http://www.amnesty.org.uk/

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