Today Prime Minister Theresa May is due to address a special UN Summit on the refugee crisis.
Responding to reports of the Prime Minister’s speech at the UN General Assembly on Migration, ActionAid UK’s Head of Humanitarian Response, Mike Noyes said:
“While the Prime Minister is right to focus on the root causes of the refugee crisis, the needs of those who have been forced to flee their homes must not be forgotten.
“This year alone, almost 300,000 refugees have risked their lives crossing the sea and hundreds of thousands more have taken arduous journeys by land. The UK’s current pledge to resettle 20,000 Syrian refugees is not enough and ignores the plight of those who have already arrived in Europe.
“Today in New York, the Prime Minister must commit to resettling a greater number of refugees, helping reunite families who have been torn apart by disaster, and take a leading role in developing a humane, coordinated and fair responsibility-sharing mechanism for refugees.”
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