Published On: Sun, Sep 6th, 2015

Britain To Accept 15,000 Syrian Refugees And Plans Strikes In Syria

David Cameron

David Cameron recently announced he will  make changes to Britain’s vulnerable persons relocation programme.

According to the Sunday Times the British government is prepared to accept 15,000 Syrian refugees whilst next month it hopes to receive backing for air strikes against Daesh.

David Cameron has been under pressure to address the refugee crisis both internationally and domestically following circulation of images of a three-year-old Syrian boy named Aylan Kurdi who was found dead on a Turkish beach.

According to the report Cameron now plans to make changes to Britain’s vulnerable person’s relocation programme and increase intake to around 15,000 refugees with additional plans to launch military action against human traffickers.

On Friday the prime minister said we will accept thousands more refugees under the existing schemes and we keep them under review.”

The announcement marked a change of heart from Cameron after he discussed his stance on Wednesday and Thursday which many criticised especially after the upsetting image of Aylan Kurdi was spread across social media.

In addition to these plans he hopes to persuade MPs in the opposition Labour Party to back air strikes in Syria in a vote early next month.

Up to now Britain has taken in 216 Syrian refugees under a special government scheme over the past year and roughly 5,000 Syrians have been allowed asylum since the conflict broke out in 2011. The numbers are much less in comparison to countries such as Germany, France and Sweden. Germany recently stated that it plans to receive 800,000 refugees this year and has budgeted billions in welfare spending for them and has pushed for all members of the EU to take in a quota amount each. Britain has opted out of a quota system despite the growing calls in the EU for fairer allocation.

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