Do you remember the Refugee Council campaign for the Government to offer safety to Syrian refugees?
We thought it a victory when together with The Refugee Council and Amnesty International we forced the Government to set up a special scheme to resettle Syrian refugees here in the UK. However, since the scheme was set up, only a reported 50 Syrian refugees have been resettled in Britain.
In fact, the Government has said it only plans to resettle a few hundred people over a three year period.
We agree with the Refugee Council that simply isn’t good enough.
We have received this message from Maurice Wren, Refugee Council Chief Executive:
“The Government must be held to account. That’s why we’ve pressed for a debate to be called in Parliament on the issue. Our leaders need to see that we have not forgotten the suffering of Syrian refugees. The Government must be held to its promise to provide resettlement places for the most vulnerable Syrian refugees
We can’t do this alone. Once more, I am asking for your help. Please ask your MP to attend the debate, and speak up for Syrian refugees.
Email them today: https://www.refugeecouncil.org.uk/syria
Sadly, the humanitarian catastrophe in Syria shows no sign of going away. There are now over 2.8 million refugees and the UN is appealing to governments around the world to help resettle 130,000 of the most vulnerable people.
Other countries have responded to this colossal need by increasing the numbers of places they are pledging, but the UK has yet to offer enough resettlement places to fill a bus. Given the scale of the crisis, we should be offering entire plane loads of seats to safety.
Ask your MP to send a clear message to the Government on your behalf: we must go the extra mile to help Syrian refugees find safety. Email them today: www.refugeecouncil.org.uk/syria
Thank you for your on-going support.”