David Cameron is set to unveil plans to resettle thousands of refugees
David Cameron is to line out details of the government’s plans to settle thousands of refugees fleeing the war in Syria and Islamic State militants as parliament reconvenes after the summer recess.The prime minister was effectively forced to act after harrowing photographs of the body of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi washed up on a Mediterranean beach galvanised public opinion.
Cameron though previously argued that taking in refugees would simply encourage more people to risk the hazardous sea crossing to Europe but now he is set to give full details in a House of Commons statement on Monday (7/9) afternoon.
According to a recent report, around 10,000-15,000 refugees would be admitted to Britain as the government expands the vulnerable persons relocation scheme that has so far given sanctuary to just 216 people.
The chancellor, George Osborne, on Sunday answered critics who said Britain was acting less generously than Germany, which is on course to admit 800,000 people this year, by saying the prime minister will outline far-reaching plans to help the refugees.
Osborne said the international aid budget would be used to help with refugees’ housing and living costs in the first year of their stay in Britain. Ministers said this had been done before and counted as overseas development assistance, the OECD’s measure of aid spending.
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