The British government is poised to accept 15,000 Syrian refugees and hopes next month to get backing for air strikes against ISIS militants, the Sunday Times reported.
Prime Minister David Cameron has been under pressure internationally and domestically to address the refugee crisis.
On Thursday, he said he was “deeply moved” by images of three-year-old Syrian toddler Aylan Kurdi, found dead on a Turkish beach.
Will Britain take in ‘thousands’ of Syrians?
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A Syrian refugee screams for help as he carries a baby after crossing over the broken border fence into Turkey from Syria in Akcakale, Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey, Sunday, June 14, 2015. AP
Britain has accepted 216 Syrian refugees under a special government scheme over the past year and around 5,000 Syrians have been granted asylum since the conflict there broke out in 2011, far fewer than countries like France, Germany and Sweden.
Britain has also opted out of a quota system for relocating asylum seekers within the European Union despite growing calls in the EU for fairer distribution.
More than four million Syrians have fled the war.
Cameron gained support for military action against Syria from an unusual source on Sunday, former Archbishop of Canterbury, the leader of the world’s Anglicans, George Carey.
Syrian refugees on a dinghy approach, in rough seas, a beach on the island of Lesbos, Greece August 23, 2015. (Reuters)