Sherif Elsayed-Eli of Amnesty International has told ITV News that there is a point where UK funding for Syrian refugees "won't help any more", after the Prime Minister defended Britain's support to the country. He added that Lebanon, who has taken the brunt of refugees, "cannot cope any more".
Britain has led the way in terms of aiding Syria, the Prime Minister said today, after the government was criticised for "miserably failing" to provide resettlement places for refugees.
David Cameron added: "We are the second largest bilateral donor, behind America to Syria and the Syrian refugees. We've spent a huge amount of money making sure people have water, and they have food and shelter.
"Britain can be proud of the role that we've played and the money we've put in. Other European countries should do more".
Amnesty International has released a film trailer criticising the government for its "inaction", after it slammed the EU for failing to provide enough temporary accommodation for Syrian refugees.
The film named The Apathetics labels EU leaders as the "inaction team with a plan to do nothing".
A Home Office spokesperson responded, adding to an earlier statement: "We are supporting the Regional Protection Programme, which provides help close to the country of origin.
“Any claim for asylum is considered on its individual merits and in line with the immigration rules.”
Britain has no plans to resettle or provide temporary protection to Syrian refugees, a Home Office spokesman has said, despite receiving criticism by Amnesty International for not doing so. The spokesman added:
We are one of the highest international donors to the Syrian relief effort - our £500 million pledged so far is more than the other EU member states combined.
Germany is to offer 80% of total EU pledges to resettle Syrian refugees - just, 12,000 of the 2.3 million who have fled the country.
- 10 member states have together offered 12,000 humanitarian places to those affected by the crisis.
- 0.5% will be given places out of the 2.3 million people who have fled Syria.
- Germany has pledged to take 10,000 refugees.
- France has offered 500 places.
- Spain has pledged 30 places.
- The remaining 27 member states have offered to take 2,340 refugees.
The International Development Secretary Justine Greening has said that Britain would provide a further £60 million to help Syrian refugees to get through one of the harshest winters yet.
Ms Greening said earlier this week that the cash will go towards winter tents, shelter materials, warm clothing and heaters for thousands of families, as well as clean water, food, heating fuel and healthcare for refugees in Syria and neighbouring countries.
She warned of fears that this will be "the worst winter yet" because of severe weather conditions and crowded refugee camps susceptible to rapid spread of life-threatening illnesses such as pneumonia.
The European Union has "miserably failed" to play its part in providing a safe haven for Syrian refugees, the secretary general of Amnesty International has said today.
Salil Shetty added:
Across the board European leaders should hang their heads in shame.
The EU must open its borders, provide safe passage and halt these deplorable human rights violations.
The UK has been criticised by a human rights charity for failing to resettle vulnerable Syrian refugees.
Amnesty International said the Government should "hang its head in shame" for not opening its borders to the some of the millions of people displaced by continuing violence in Syria.
The UK is one of a number of EU countries who have offered no resettlement or humanitarian places, Amnesty added.
The Government says it has no plans to plans to resettle or provide temporary protection to Syrians, but would consider individual asylum claims.