David Cameron defends UK’s Syria refugee offer
9 September 2015
From the section UK Politics
David Cameron has defended the government’s decision to accept 20,000 Syrian refugees by 2020, saying they will get a “warm welcome”.The PM said there was “no limit” to how many could come in the first year, after Labour said his pledge meant only 4,000 would arrive this year.Speaking in prime minister’s questions, Mr Cameron said he wanted to “get on with it”.But he said housing and schools had to be in place before they arrive.Labour’s acting leader Harriet Harman urged him to say how many refugees would arrive this year, and also to accept children who have already arrived in Europe as well as those in camps around Syria.
“We have to use our head and our heart,” Mr Cameron said.”We have committed to taking 20,000 people, I want us to get on with that.”There is no limit to the amount of people that could come in the first year, let’s get on with it.” His spokesman later said it was clear his “no limit” comment was within the context of the 20,000 places he has announced.Mr Cameron also dismissed claims that child refugees would be automatically kicked out of the UK when they reached the age of 18, saying the “assumption” was they would be granted leave to remain.And he said the UK would not participate in European Commission plans to redistribute migrants around the continent.
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