In the latest turn of the Migrant Crisis, UK Prime Minister David Cameron has confirmed that the UK will be aiming to take in 20,000 refugees from Syria by 2020.
In a speech in the House of Commons, Conservative party leader and Prime Minister David Cameron stated that the UK had a “moral responsibility” to help those escaping from conflict in Syria.
It is expected that the refugees will come from the camps in and around Syria, which are filled with families escaping either ISIS or the government forces of current president, Bashar al-Assad. It is also thought that those who have priority will be children and orphans that have been displaced by the Civil War. He also said that Britain will not take in refugees that have already made it to Europe.
Labour, however, feel that the 20,000 number is too small. Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper called on the Prime Minister to reconsider his answer to the crisis, and House Speaker John Bercow has allowed Labour a request of a three hour debate concerning what is happening with the refugees in the rest of Europe.
The decision to take in refugees is still a massive U-turn in government policy on refugees. Earlier last week, the policy was to help those at the source, injecting £1 billion into aid for the Syrian refugee camps that are in the countries that surround Syria.
Since the start of what is now known as the “Arab Spring” in 2011, Britain has only taken in 5,000 refugees from Syria.