UK plan to resettle 20,000 Syrians is too slow

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ActionAid Head of Humanitarian Response Mike Noyes said: “David Cameron’s announcement that the UK will resettle 20,000 Syrian refugees is an improvement on previous commitments. However the weakness is timing. Spreading this over five years will not match the scale of the current crisis.

“Instead, the government needs to make major progress before the end of the year, not least because the situation is likely to be made worse by the onset of winter.

“Further to this, the additional £100 million announced by the Prime Minister in aid is welcome and keeps Britain at the fore of donor responses.  However the United Nations still has only 40% of funds it needs for Syria and is already cutting food support. Other donors must now also play their part.”

ActionAid's view on supporting refugees in the UK from the 0.7 percent aid budget

ActionAid's Head of Humanitarian Response Mike Noyes said: “ActionAid doesn’t support the use of aid in this way, as a rule. In the long-term this is not how we would like to see the UK spending its aid. Instead it must be about reaching the poorest and directed to long-term sustainable solutions to poverty.

“However, we recognise the pressing and urgent need of this situation. We would have to look carefully at the proposals. Government would need to be clear also that this is not the thin edge of the wedge into spending the aid budget in other ways.”

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