UK Immigration: Syrian Refugees Scheme heavily criticised

This week it was reported that a number of British celebrities including Grammy winning singer Sting, Oscar winner Emma Thompson and fashion designer Dame Vivienne Westwood have criticised the UK’s Prime Minister in an open letter for ‘failing to do more to safely relocate Syrian refugees to Britain’.

Amnesty International UK: Number of Refugees in the UK is Shocking

In early 2014 the ‘Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme’ was created to highlight the Government’s intention to relocate ‘some of the most vulnerable Syrian refugees’ to the UK. According to the overview of the scheme, in the next 2-3 years the UK would take in approximately 500 people and 150 of those refugees would be accepted during the first year of the scheme coming into fruition. In reality it has been revealed that only 90 refugees have arrived in the UK.

Kate Allen the director of Amnesty International UK stated her disappointment in the UK’s Government failure to take in Syrian refugees:

“The UK often prides itself on its history of offering sanctuary to refugees but this government can’t hold its head high when it comes to the most vulnerable refugees from the conflict in Syria. Millions are living in extremely precarious conditions in neighbouring countries. Given the numbers, it is shocking that the UK has only taken in 90 refugees since it agreed to a resettlement programme a year ago.”

Tomorrow will mark the 1 year anniversary of the scheme to accept the most vulnerable Syrian refugees into the UK. During this period an increasing number of refugees have been displaced from their homes, the figure is estimated to be over 1 million

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