Britain to take in 20,000 syrian refugees

What do you think of this decision by Britain?

After last week's photograph of a Syrian toddler,Aylan Kurdi lying dead on a Turkish beach went viral and prompted an outpouring of empathy from Britons who put pressure on the British government to change it earlier stance of giving aids rather than accept refugees.

The British government has finally shifted position as British Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday pledged to take in up to 20,000 refugees from camps in Syria over the next five years, responding to a growing public clamor for his government to help those fleeing civil war in the country.

According to the Prime minister,

"Britain  proposes to resettle up to 20,000 Syrian refuges over the rest of this parliament. In doing so, we will continue to show the world that this country is a country of extraordinary compassion," 

Key points from Cameron's announcement:
  • Britain will take in up to 20,000 Syrian refugees by 2020
  • Only refugees from camps in their home regions will be taken in by the UK - not those who have already crossed the Mediterranean into Europe
  • Refugees to Britain will be chosen under established UN procedures and will be granted five-year humanitarian protection visas
  • PM pledged full cost of supporting Syrian refugees would be met by the Government's aid budget in the first year


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