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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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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.

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