Farage: Let Syrian refugees into the UK

UKIP leader Nigel Farage is calling for the government to start admitting refugees from Syria. He told the BBC 'all in the free West' have a responsibility to help those fleeing the conflict.

'No plans' to resettle Syrian refugees in the UK

A government spokesman said there were no plans to resettle Syrian refugees in the UK and that the policy remained to provide as much help as possible in the region.

Read: Farage: Britain 'should allow Syrian refugees in the UK'

We are one of the highest international donors to the Syrian relief effort - the £500 million pledged so far is more than any other EU member state.

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.

Any claim for asylum is considered on its individual merits and in line with the immigration rules.

Officials said that in the 12 months to the end of September, more than 1,100 Syrian nationals had been granted asylum in the UK.

The UK also operates a visa concession for Syrian nationals, which allows those who are in the country legally to extend their visa when it expires without being required to return home first.

Farage: Britain 'should allow Syrian refugees in UK'

Britain should take in some refugees from the Syrian conflict, Ukip leader Nigel Farage has said.

Speaking to the BBC, Mr Farage said: "I think refugees are a very different thing to economic migration and I think this country should honour the 1951 declaration on refugee status that was agreed".

UKIP leader Nigel Farage Credit: PA

"It was agreed with the UN and even through the European Court, which sadly has changed its role", he said.

"But the original ideas of defining what a refugee is were good ones and I think, actually, there is a responsibility on all of us in the free West to try and help some of those people fleeing Syria, literally in fear of their lives."

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