British David Cameron insults Syrian war refugees

This video from the USA says about itself:

Over 20 Governors Reject Syrian Refugees Fleeing ISIS

16 November 2015

Here in the United States our reactions to terrorism are oftentimes unfortunate. Several states are closing themselves to Syrian refugees out of fear of ISIS. The sad thing is that ISIS is the very group the refugees are fleeing.

By Luke James in Britain:

PM brands Syrian exiles bunch of migrants

Thursday 28th January 2016

Holocaust Memorial Day insult ‘dehumanises refugees to score political point’

CRASS David Cameron came under fire yesterday for branding families fleeing Syria’s civil war a “bunch of migrants.”

The Prime Minister was accused of “dehumanising” people caught up in a humanitarian crisis in order to score political points.

Campaigners and MPs said the fact that the comments came on Holocaust Memorial Day made them even more inappropriate.

It was the second time the Tory leader’s rhetoric on refugees has attracted condemnation — he described them as a “swarm” at the height of the crisis last summer.

His latest outburst came as he struggled to answer questions from Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn about Google’s tax avoidance.

In a cynical deflection technique, the Prime Minister sneered that Mr Corbyn has “met a bunch of migrants in Calais” at the weekend and “said they could all come to Britain.”

A Labour source, who had accompanied Mr Corbyn on the visit to Calais, said the comments “demonstrate an attitude that is wholly unnacceptable towards a humanitarian crisis on our doorstep.”

Yvette Cooper, who heads Labour’s refugee taskforce, called a point of order following Prime Minister’s questions.

She said: “The house will have heard many tributes made to Holocaust Memorial Day today and the Holocaust Educational Trust campaign doesn’t stand by.

“In that light and in that spirit, don’t you think that it was inappropriate for the Prime Minister to use language referring to the refugee crisis in Europe and talk about ‘a bunch of migrants’?”

But Refugee Council head of advocacy Dr Lisa Doyle said: “When we are facing the greatest refugee crisis of our time, it is disappointing the Prime Minister is using flippant remarks to score political points.

“The Prime Minister should be showing political leadership and work with other European countries to ensure that people can live in safety and dignity.”

UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s attack on refugees in Calais and Dunkirk, France as a “bunch of migrants” during Prime Minister’s Question Time in parliament Wednesday was deliberately inflammatory: here.

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  29. Thursday 9th November 2017

    posted by Lamiat Sabin in Britain

    A GOVERNMENT scheme that allows displaced Syrians to settle in Britain has helped less than half of its 20,000 target so far, according to UN figures released yesterday.

    Only about 8,000 refugees have been given permission to stay and have accessed medical care, education and accommodation under the government’s Syrian resettlement scheme, the report says.

    In 2015, ministers committed to taking in 20,000 Syrians driven from the war-torn country by 2020.

    The number was set following a public outcry over the fate of those attempting the dangerous journey across the Mediterranean to European countries in overcrowded boats and dinghies.

    The United Nations high commissioner for refugees, the International Organisation for Migration and London’s City University conducted a study of 167 refugees to monitor their progress under the Syrian vulnerable persons resettlement scheme.

    The report highlighted areas for improvement including English language provision and further support for housing and employment.

    It stated that while a small number of those interviewed had picked up jobs, existing work promotion schemes were limited.

    Other proposals included strengthening the provision of appropriate housing by government after the study found the stock of affordable rental property was small and getting more scarce.

    Steve Valdez-Symonds, Amnesty International UK’s refugee programme director, said that the scheme should be improved and be extended beyond the deadline of 2020.

    He said: “The UN is right to stress that supporting integration is key to a successful asylum resettlement scheme, and our experience has been that local support groups have often played a vital part in this as well.

    “Though life-transforming for those involved, this programme was always a very limited answer to the huge Syrian refugee crisis and no answer at all to the wider international refugee crisis.

    “The government should enhance and extend this scheme, while also supporting other safe and legal routes — including greater family reunion opportunities — for people fleeing persecution and conflict from numerous danger zones around the world.”

    Stephen Hale, chief executive of Refugee Action, said: “Our research shows current English language provision isn’t fit for purpose and that refugees can wait up to three years to start learning.

    “More investment is needed to ensure all refugees in Britain have timely access to classes. Giving refugees the chance to integrate, find jobs and volunteer is a no-brainer.”


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