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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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PM: Britain will take in up to 20,000 Syrian refugees

David Cameron Credit: PA

David Cameron has announced that Britain will resettle up to 20,000 Syrian refugees over the course of this Parliament.

The Prime Minister told the Commons that refugees would be taken from camps on the Syrian borders.

Mr Cameron said it was right to do so given the scale of the suffering of the Syrian people.

Key points from Cameron's announcement:

  • Britain will take in up to 20,000 Syrian refugees by 2020
  • Only refugees from camps in their home regions will be taken in by the UK - not those who have already crossed the Mediterranean into Europe
  • Refugees to Britain will be chosen under established UN procedures and will be granted five-year humanitarian protection visas
  • PM pledged full cost of supporting Syrian refugees would be met by the Government's aid budget in the first year

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