Government says it is halfway to relocating 20,000 Syrian refugees to Britain
For immediate release – Wednesday, 10 February 2016
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Prime Minister David Cameron announced last September that his government would relocate 20,000 Syrian refugees to Britain from camps in the region. Only about one thousand had come by Christmas.In a House of Lords debate yesterday, Lord Bates, the minister for the Home Office in the Lords, confirmed that the government was halfway towards its target.
In reply to Lord Dubs who challenged the government to accept additional unaccompanied children in Europe as refugees, the minister spoke of Cameron’s pledge on Syrian refugees and claimed that ‘so far, 50% of those have now arrived’.Professor Thom Brooks, Professor of Law and Government at Durham University and a leading immigration expert, said ‘it is surprising to find such welcome news hidden in a committee debate without some official announcement from the Prime Minister or Home Secretary. I now wonder if this plan originally meant to silence critics has been put under wraps for fear it may benefit groups campaigning for Brexit – and I hope the government takes pride in this achievement’.
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