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Joint letter from UK charities demand David Cameron 'do more for refugees this year'

Monday 11 January 2016
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At the beginning of the year, 27 UK charities signed a letter to David Cameron, demanding that 'more must be done for refugees this year', and that the UK's response has been "too slow, too low and too narrow".

At the beginning of the year, 27 UK charities signed a letter to David Cameron, demanding that 'more must be done for refugees this year', and that the UK's response has been "too slow, too low and too narrow".

Signatories including Oxfam, Amnesty International UK, ActionAid, Doctors of the World, Freedom from Torture, Greenpeace, Islamic Relief, Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants, Liberty and World Vision demanded safe routes for refugees to reach the EU and to travel across it.

The letter notes that "Last year saw 3,695 people drown and hundreds of thousands more endure a desperate march of misery across the continent".

The letter includes demands that:

  • The UK should take a fair and proportionate share of refugees, both those already within the European Union and those still outside it.

  • Safe and legal routes to the UK, as well as to the European Union, need to be established.

  • Safe and legal routes within the European Union, including the UK, should be established.

  • There should be access to fair and thorough procedures to determine eligibility for international protection wherever it is sought.

'David Cameron must do more this year for refugees, charities say' by Peter Walker for The Guardian, 3rd January 2016 incl. full letter here.


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