The British government has been accused of failing in its responsibilities after EU ministers agreed to take in 120,000 migrants.
As the first Syrian refugees arrived in Britain, the Refugee Council called on David Cameron to take part in the EU scheme, saying it was "extremely disappointing that Britain has so far chosen to side step its responsibility to help protect some of the refugees arriving in Europe."
The Prime Minister must demonstrate real leadership by putting aside domestic political concerns and proving he will not turn his back while refugees are met by closed borders, barbed wire fences and tear gas. He must respond compassionately and collaboratively to ensure that refugees arriving in Europe are provided with the protection they so desperately need.
The latest EU emergency summit has to done very little to solve the refugee crisis other than create bitter arguments between members.
European leaders have been told their collective pledge of more than one billion euros will not end an accelerating refugee crisis.
Mahmoud Elawi enjoyed a comfortable life before war turned his family's life upside down. Now he wants to thank Britain for its compassion.