PM urges EU nations to fund refugee camps around Syria

David Cameron has visited camps in Lebanon and Jordan to meet Syrian refugees who have fled their country's civil war.

The Prime Minister has called on other EU countries to "step up to the plate" and follow Britain's lead by funding refugee camps around Syria.

Mr Cameron said there was a "direct connection" between shortfalls in aid for camps in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey and the influx of migrants into Europe.

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EU ministers agree to relocate 120,000 more refugees

A further 120,000 refugees will be relocated across Europe, ministers ruled. Credit: Reuters

A further 120,000 refugees will be relocated around Europe, ministers agreed today.

The decision follows an earlier accord to redistribute 40,000 from Italy and Greece but the Luxembourg government gave no details on how they would be shared out across the bloc.

Several states firmly oppose proposals to distribute refugees around Europe according to national quotas.

Caring for refugees in camps is best option, PM says

Visiting young Syrian refugees in Jordan and Lebanon today, in camps supported with British money, David Cameron urged other EU countries to give more aid money to improve conditions.

He told ITV News that caring for refugees in these camps is the best thing for all concerned.

"It's now time for other countries to step up and join us doing even more because if we don't spend that money, many, many more people will make that potentially lethal crossing to Europe and lives will be lost," he said.

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Cameron appoints new Refugee Minister

A dedicated government minister will be appointed to oversee Britain's intake of 20,000 Syrian refugees, David Cameron has announced.

Richard Harrington will ensure the new arrivals are given a "warm welcome" to the UK, he said.

During a visit to a refugee camp in Lebanon, the Prime Minister said Britain was already the second largest donor to camps in the region - and vowed to pump more money into schemes such as education for the children affected by the conflict in Syria.

I wanted to come here to see for myself and hear for myself the stories of refugees and what they need.

Britain is already the second largest donor to refugee camps and to this whole crisis, really helping in a way that many other countries aren't with serious amounts of money.

We will go on doing that, including increasing the amount of money we're giving to educate Syrian children here in Lebanon and elsewhere.

I'm also appointing a specific minister with responsibility for Syrian refugees to make sure that the 20,000 that we have promised to resettle and give a good, warm home to in our country, that that happens rapidly, it happens well, and the whole country pulls together to deliver that.

– David Cameron, Prime Minister

He said he wanted to take in people directly from the camps to try to discourage them from paying traffickers and making the dangerous journey across the Mediterranean.

Cameron visits Syrian refugees in Lebanon

Prime Minister David Cameron has arrived in Beirut to visit refugee camps in Lebanon, which are housing more than a million people fleeing violence in Syria.

He toured the Bekaa Valley settlement, less than a mile from the Syrian border, meeting those affected by the war in the neighbouring country and seeing the conditions they face, as well as seeing how aid sent by Britain is being used.

David Cameron met Syrian refugees who have fled to Lebanon Credit: PA

Lebanon will receive £29 million of the extra £100m pledged by the UK to help with the refugee crisis, which will pay for food packages, clean water, blankets, stoves, mattresses, counselling and play areas for children.

He met a family who are due to be flown to the UK as part of a relocation scheme, following his announcement last week that Britain would take in 20,000 refugees over the next five years.

The PM was invited into one family's tent to hear their experience Credit: PA

He was also invited into the tent of a Syrian mother who told him of their fight for survival - revealing she had just five dollars a month to keep and feed her 10 children.

Later, he will visit his Lebanese counterpart Tammam Salam to discuss the refugee crisis.


Germany 'halts trains from Austria'

Germany has temporarily halted rail traffic arriving from Austria Credit: Reuters

Germany has halted rail traffic arriving from Austria according to a spokeswoman for Austrian rail company OeBB, quoted by the Reuters news agency, and has reintroduced border controls.

The situation in the other direction - from Germany to Austria - was not immediately clear.

German newspaper Bild also reported on Sunday the authorities were planning the temporary reintroduction of border controls in response to the refugee crisis.

Germany 'reaching its limit' on ability to help refugees

Germany is now reaching its limit on its ability to take in more refugees, a senior minister has warned as thousands of people continued to arrive in the country over the weekend.

Some of the 13,000 migrants to arrive in Munich on Saturday Credit: Reuters

In an interview with Der Tagesspiegel newspaper, the country's Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel criticised his counterparts across Europe for a lack of action on the issue.

Around 13,000 arrived in Munich alone on Saturday, and the country expects 800,000 new arrivals by the end of the year.

"It's true: The European lack of action in the refugee crisis is now pushing even Germany to the limit of its ability," Mr Gabriel said.

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