British aid organizations: Britain must do more for Syrian refugees
Aid agencies asked the United Kingdom to join the U.N. resettlement program for Syrian refugees and welcome refugees from the war torn country
The Council for Arab-British Understanding (CAABU) and other British aid agencies called on Britain to commit more assistance to the Syrian humanitarian crisis in a letter sent to UK Prime Minister David Cameron, according to a statement released by CAABU.
The aid organizations sent the letter on Saturday asking the United Kingdom to join the U.N. resettlement program for Syrian refugees and welcome refugees from the war torn country.
“We would urge the UK to join the 18 other states participating in UNHCR’s global resettlement program,” the letter read.
“We [Britain] must play our part in offering them [Syrians] a place of safety,” it added.
Meanwhile, the UNHCR demanded Western governments to accept 30,000 of the most vulnerable refugees from the region, according to the letter.
The letter praised the efforts of the British government in leading “for its leadership in providing assistance to refugees in the region.”
Britain has offered Syria 600 million GBP to help millions of families survive through the harsh conditions.
Commenting on the letter, Chris Doyle, CAABU's director said that: “Britain cannot continue just to expect neighbouring countries such as Jordan and Lebanon to accommodate ever increasing numbers of refugees.”
“Other countries must take them too and Britain should lead by example. It is disgraceful that we have done so little so far, a stain on our record,” Doyle said.
British deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said last week that the UK had offered asylum to 1,500 Syrians in the last year, according to The Telegraph.
“We have accepted about 1,500 asylum seekers. It is a fact that we have accepted hundreds upon hundreds of individual asylum seekers from Syria under our international asylum obligations,” Clegg said.
CAABU has been calling on the UK to take in Syrian refugees since May, according to its official website.
About 64,000 Syrians have sought asylum in Europe with 60% of those applications made in Sweden and Germany.