Labour has urged the Government to take in hundreds of Syrian refugees fleeing the fighting which has ravaged the Middle Eastern country for three years.
The United Nations called on the international community to offer both humanitarian aid for refugees and resettlement opportunities outside the country.
Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper is urging the Government to accept 400-500 Syrians, including torture victims, women and girls at high risk and people with family links to the UK.
But ministers insist that Britain can best help by providing funds to assist those affected by the long-running civil war both inside Syria and in neighbouring states like Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq.
Ms Cooper said that Britain should join some 16 nations, including the USA, France and Germany, which have agreed to allow a total of more than 10,000 Syrians to move to their countries.
Labour have accused David Cameron of leaving planned EU benefit changes to the "very last minute".
A ban on EU migrants claiming out-of-works benefits from the moment they arrive in the UK is to be rushed through parliament in time for January 1st 2014 when restrictions on Bulgarian and Romanian nationals.
Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper said: "Labour called for these benefit restrictions nine months ago. Yet David Cameron has left it until the very last minute to squeeze this change in.
"Why is the Government leaving everything until the last minute and operating in such a chaotic way?"
The shadow home secretary called on the Government to "beef up" enforcement against agencies which only recruit from abroad, and to adopt the rest of Labour's proposals to stop immigration being exploited to undercut wages and jobs for local workers.
The shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper has tweeted that her thoughts are with the female police officer who was wounded by a gunman in Leeds:
Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper says the government are 'flailing' over their immigration policy:
Labour's shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper has said Lord Steven's recommendations reflect "serious concern" about the government's "cack-handed and chaotic reforms" of policing.
She told BBC One's Andrew Marr show that she recognises cuts are necessary, but that the Government has "gone too far and too fast".
Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper told ITV News it was "astonishing" Theresa May did not know whether a terror suspect who escaped surveillance by wearing a burqa had his passport with him.
On-the-run terror suspect Mohammed Ahmed Mohamed, who is seeking damages from the Government over torture allegations, reportedly cut off his monitoring tag with a sharp object before fleeing.
Ms Cooper said: "The idea that the Home Secretary doesn't know even whether he has his passport or not is astonishing.
"It's another sign that the TPims regime Theresa May brought in - that weakened the controls - is simply not working."
Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper has called for answers into how 27-year-old Mohammed Ahmed Mohammed was able to evade surveillance and breach a court order.
Somalia-born Mohammed, who was subject to a Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures notice (Tpim), managed to escape after changing into a burqa on a visit to a mosque.
Describing the situation as "extremely serious", Ms Cooper said: "Clearly police and security agencies will be doing everything possible to locate this terror suspect and ensure public safety.
"The Home Secretary also needs to provide information about the decisions made over Mohammed Ahmed Mohamed's Tpim, how he was able to abscond and what the risks to the public are."
Cooper said the 27-year-old is now the second terror suspect to breach a Tpim in London in the space of ten months, after Ibrahim Magag absconded in a black cab last Christmas.
The Shadow home secretary said given the "long-standing concerns over the replacement of control orders and the limitations of Tpims", there should be an independent review into the adequacy of the terror control measures.
Yvette Copper is expected to issue a direct challenge to Home Secretary Theresa May later today when she calls on the Government to act over online crime.
The shadow home secretary is expected to tell the Labour conference: