UK: More urgency needed on Syrian refugee resettlement
Amnesty International has welcomed comments by UK Foreign Secretary William Hague today that the Home Office is looking into the possibility of resettling some of the must vulnerable Syrian refugees, but warned that more urgency is needed to save lives.
Amnesty UK’s director Kate Allen said:
“The UK’s record so far on resettling vulnerable Syrian refugees has been shameful, so we are pleased that Home Office is looking into how a resettlement programme would work.
“However, more urgency is needed as for some of the most vulnerable refugees, being offered sanctuary is literally a matter of life and death.
“Over 7,500 Amnesty members have written to their MPs urging them to vote in favour of a resettlement programme in a crucial motion in parliament on Wednesday. This will save lives, but it must not come at the expense of commitments to other desperate refugees around the world.”
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