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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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EU to outline plans as 400,000 refugees expected in 2015

A Syrian refugee girl on a bus on the Greek-Macedonian border on Tuesday. Credit: Reuters

The head of the European Commission will today outline Europe's response to the mounting refugee crisis in the continent.

The announcement from President Jean-Claude Juncker is set to include binding plans for distributing tens of thousands of asylum seekers across EU member nations. The UK has an opt-out to the agreement, and this week announced its own plans for 20,000 additional resettlement places for Syrian refugees from neighbouring countries in the Middle East.

It comes as the United Nations refugee agency said at least 850,000 people are expected to cross the Mediterranean seeking refuge in Europe this year and next.

The UNHCR - which anticipates 400,000 new arrivals this year alone - called for a more cohesive asylum plan across Europe to tackle the crisis.

A record 7,000 refugees arrived in Macedonia on Monday alone, while 30,000 are currently on Greek islands, with 20,000 of those on Lesbos, where unrest has been rife in the last week.

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