The EU have announced new proposals to review the Dublin Agreement, where refugees must claim asylum in the first country they arrive in, and will require EU countries like the UK to resettle a greater number of refugees.
Responding to the announcement, Alison Holder, Director of Policy, Advocacy and Campaigns, at ActionAid says:
“Since the refugee crisis began, thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes due to incredibly dangerous and difficult circumstances. For those who have risked their lives in order to seek safety in Europe, homelessness and freezing conditions now pose an additional threat with women and girls the most vulnerable.
“The response from many countries in Europe, including the UK, has been far too slow and frankly inadequate. The latest EU proposals to review Europe’s response and the responsibility of countries like the UK to resettle a greater number of refugees is an important step in our response to the crisis which is devastating the lives of so many.
“We cannot continue to ignore those who are simply seeking a safe place to live. ActionAid is calling on the UK government to show ambition and commit to resettling a greater number of refugees in the UK. Without urgent action we will only continue to see more lives lost to this devastating tragedy.”
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