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Wales to host summit on refugee crisis

First Minister Carwyn Jones says he will hold a summit on Wales' response to the refugee crisis affecting Europe.

Last week Carwyn Jones said Wales' share of 10,000 refugees in the UK would be between 500 and 600 families.

Refugees travelled through Hungary today. Credit: PA


Lib Dem peer: Open our empty buildings to refugees

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A Welsh Liberal Democrat peer has urged councils to make buildings, empty shops and unoccupied houses available for refugees from Syria.

Lord Roberts of Llandudno said: “They could be used to offer short-term shelter. I am not talking about council houses, but empty homes that are without an occupier."

Lord Roberts of Llandudno said our empty buildings should be used to shelter refugees. Credit: Ian Nicholson/PA Archive/PA Images

Earlier today, Prime Minister David Cameron said Britain would take in "thousands more" Syrian refugees and give an extra £100m in aid.

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Leanne Wood: "These are people just like you and me"

The leader of Plaid Cymru appeared on ITV's Good Morning Britain programme earlier today to give her views on the ongoing European migrant crisis.

Leanne Wood AM would like to see Wales take a quota of the refugees fleeing conflicts.

These are people just like you and me, with children, with hopes and aspirations and fears, just as we have for our children.

– Leanne Wood


The Welshman "who won the war" remembered

Now 100 years ago Wales - and the world - was at war. Men from every line of work signed up to serve at the front, including several hundred from police forces in South Wales. In the Summer of 1918 one of them - Lieutenant Ernest Rollings - discovered a stash of German papers after his unit raided a German position. What happened next made him a celebrity in his own lifetime.

First Minister calls for UK to 'rediscover backbone' in migration crisis

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First Minister Carwyn Jones AM says Wales 'stands ready' to play a part in responding to the European migration crisis, but 'leadership' is needed from the UK Government.

Speaking as leader of the Welsh Labour party, Mr Jones said he supports the UK Labour party's call to accept 10,000 refugees.

Wales stands ready to play its full part in responding to this unfolding humanitarian tragedy, just as we always have done in the past. However, these are non-devolved issues and we desperately need to see some leadership from the UK Government on the matter.

This is not part of some diplomatic chess match, we are talking about human suffering on a massive scale. Sadly this Tory Government has once again abandoned its international responsibilities. They urgently need to rediscover some backbone and their moral compass - backing Labour's call to accept 10,000 refugees would be a good start and I offer my full support to this approach.

– Carwyn Jones AM
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