British Prime Minister, David Cameron, has officially confirmed that Britain was providing safe route for Syrian refugees to his country for settlement.
In his Facebook post published on Friday evening, Cameron wrote, “Given the scale of the Syrian crisis, and the suffering of the people, I can announce we will provide resettlement for thousands more Syrian refugees.
“We will take Syrians from the refugee camps. This provides them with a direct and safe route to the UK, rather than risking the hazardous journey which has cost so many lives.”
He said the UK government will announce a scheme next week spelling out detailed plan around the modalities for their settlement in the UK.
The Facebook update said, “We will discuss how best to design these schemes and the numbers we will take with NGOs and partners. We will set out further details next week.
“We have given £900m of aid to help Syrian refugees – the second biggest bilateral donor. And we are funding shelter, food, water and vital medical supplies for millions of desperate Syrian refugees.”
Britain accepting tens of thousands of refugees is extremely significant because previously, Cameron had said that his government was opposed to letting more refugees come to Britain.
The British PM’s change of attitude to the migration crisis comes in the face of growing public pressure as more than 300,000 people signed an online petition urging the government to act.
The Shadow home secretary, Yvette Cooper, has also suggested that UK could take 10,000 more refugees every month, “Other countries are doing their best. We have got to do more as well.”
Chilling visuals of a 3 year old child lying face down in the sand after the immigrant family’s boat capsized in an attempt to escape conflict; captured attention and is said to have stirred the hearts of the World community.