First of 20,000 Syrian refugees arrive in UK

Published: 2015/9/23 12:06631 Reads
Follow up (AIN) -The first Syrian refugees to be resettled in the UK since the government announced it was expanding its protection scheme have arrived.
The government has not disclosed how many were in the group nor clarified whether they were already due to arrive before the scheme was expanded.
The prime minister has pledged to take 20,000 Syrians from camps by 2020.
But there is no agreement yet between the government and local authorities about how to manage and pay for them.
The arrivals were announced on the day EU ministers backed a controversial migrant quota plan, which the UK has opted out of.
David Cameron discussed the migrant crisis with French President Francois Hollande when the leaders met at Chequers on Tuesday night, ahead of an EU leaders' summit on Wednesday.
They agreed that the summit must "focus on a more comprehensive approach, in particular increasing assistance for the countries neighbouring Syria to enable more refugees to stay there", a Downing Street spokesman said.
They also agreed that EU countries should do more to return migrants who do not have a genuine claim for asylum to their home countries./End/
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