ActionAid Head of Humanitarian Response, Mike Noyes, commenting on the Home Affairs Select Committee Report ‘Migration Crisis’, said:
“This report reveals the huge scale of Europe’s failure on the refugee crisis. It demonstrates the compassion and humanity lacking in much of the UK and EU approach to the refugee crisis.
“Instead of protecting women, men and children fleeing from war European leaders have closed borders and built fences, leaving thousands of people stranded in deplorable conditions. The committee is right to raise concerns regarding the EU-Turkey deal which is unjust, inhumane and potentially illegal. It has acted as an inspiration for the outsourcing of Europe’s border controls to regimes such as Sudan and Eritrea.
“It’s disappointing to hear that the UK is shamefully failing to pull its weight and is not even on track to meet its commitment to take 20,000 Syrian refugees. The UK has been one of the leading donors in the Syrian humanitarian crisis but it’s vital that Ministers honour Britain’s proud legacy of offering sanctuary to those in need and commit to getting back on track and accepting a greater number of refugees.
“The Government must heed the warnings of this report and be prepared to go to the UN summit in September with the intention of ensuring world leaders honour their responsibilities to the 65 million people who have been displaced from their homes by conflict and persecution. Our leaders must do more to ensure that our response matches the staggering scale of this challenge.”
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- The UN estimates that more than 65 million people were forcibly displaced from their homes by conflict and persecution at the end of 2015, the majority in poorer countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The UK and Europe are falling short of their responsibilities to these people as poorer countries continue to shoulder most of the responsibility for hosting the world’s refugees.