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Thursday, September 3, 2015

Migrant crisis: Pressure mounts as UK urged to 'do more'

David Cameron is facing growing pressure at
home and abroad for the UK to take in more of
the many thousands of people fleeing to Europe.
It comes after a picture of a dead boy lying on a
Turkish beach sparked an outcry over the crisis's
human cost.
Ex-Tory party chairman Baroness Warsi said the UK
should be prepared to "share the burden" and a
senior UN official said the UK could "do more".
On Wednesday, the prime minister said taking more
people was not the answer.
Instead, he argued, it was important to "bring
peace and stability" to the parts of the world
migrants were fleeing from, such as war-ravaged
Syria.
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A number of Conservative MPs have called for the
government to take in more migrants, with
backbencher David Burrowes saying the UK "should
accept thousands, not hundreds" of people.
Johnny Mercer, the Conservative MP for Plymouth
Moor View, said that mothers trying to keep their
children afloat on life jackets should not think of the
UK as a place that did not welcome them.
And Stafford MP Jeremy Lefroy said he believed the
UK should provide sanctuary to more refugees,
alongside ongoing efforts to tackle the causes of the
crisis.
Analysis, BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg
Only the hardest of hearts would not be moved by
the latest images of the people who have been caught
up in the danger and chaos of this mass movement.
Images of a toddler, washed up on a beach in Turkey,
ram home the sometimes deadly consequences of
what is going on.
Right now though there seems little prospect of the
UK government shifting its position on taking in more
refugees, as EU leaders and Labour opponents have
been calling for.
Although these latest images are heart wrenching,
David Cameron's conviction is that it's more effective
to tackle the cause not the symptom of this crisis.

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