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Should Britain agree to take more refugees?

With the refugee crisis escalating and worsening each day in front of our eyes on the television and in the newspapers, pressure is being put on the EU to help re-home potentially millions of families seeking asylum from Syria.

But there is mass confusion.  With so many people crossing boarders seeking safety there are also reported to be many who are not true refugees but immigrants seeking a new and better life across Europe.

So how should Britain help? We seem to be torn … our hearts say we must help these desperate families, but what is the practicality for a country which has been severely criticised for previously welcoming large numbers of immigrants since the turn of this century, and is struggling with housing, NHS provision, and school places.

A string of politicians and charities have urged the Prime Minister to do more to improve the desperate plight of those fleeing war-torn countries.

David Cameron is offering to take 20,000 refugees, over the next 5 years, directly from the camps in the Middle-East and bring them to Britain to start a new life.  Bringing them out of Syria ensures they are asylum seekers and doesn’t encourage and support the trade in people trafficking. He said Britain would use the established UN rules to identify those most in need and would give priority to children – and particularly orphans.

Is this enough?  Such a complex issue with no clear solution. What are your views?  What do you think Britain should be doing to help with this humanitarian crisis?

Should Britain agree to take more refugees?

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NevilleS
19th Oct 2015
2
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No no a thousand times no. What about our "Soldiers on the Streets" and homeless. The majority are not refugees but economic migrants wanting all the free handouts housing etc. which our government seems free to offer. Also majority are non Christian which in itself is a major threat to our way of life and civilisation! NO NO NO
JohnHerb
17th Oct 2015
1
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We should help more of these poor people. Just imagine if we were in the same situation we would want help. The Brits have always helped others and we have the largest aid budget in the world. Come one lets reach our arms out and help these people in need
NevilleS
19th Oct 2015
3
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How many will you be taking into your home???????
britmale
11th Oct 2015
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refugees yes, all these single young men NO, you need to be very clear who can stay and to chuck out the rest regardless of euro laws
lizfid3
27th Sep 2015
2
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If we can be sure we are not giving shelter to the ruthless terrorists who want us dead, then I think we need to help these people who had jobs and homes and no desire to leave them but who have been forced to flee with nothing in order to save their lives and the lives of their children. Most would prefer to go back to the lives they once had rather than have to start again in a strange country where they know they are not welcome. I personally cannot begin to imagine what it feels like to stand in their shoes. Borders closing in their faces, nowhere to run to and, with winter just a whisper away, nowhere to shelter.
sdpware
27th Sep 2015
3
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lets house all our homeless before we make more people homeless by housing migrants.
poble
25th Sep 2015
0
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I feel so sorry for the 'genuine' refugees but there are many 'opportunists' too and it's impossible to know how many are true refugees. Having to flee a country you grew up in must be a nightmare, especially if you have children - this should not be happening. The people in power in these countries should be held responsible for this and brought to task - this is what the UN should be focussing on. Other countries such as Britain can only do so much and what everyone is doing so far is not practical and will not solve the problem as this could go on forever.
SovereignInventory
14th Sep 2015
3
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I find some of the comments on here quite distasteful. Am I the only one ashamed of a certain section of people in this country who have no compassion for human beings? Or is it just a complete lie that this country is so wealthy and everything is so rosy (fastest growing economy in Europe, more people in work, deficit down, blah, blah, blah). We have taken 216 refugees in this country so far - is that sufficient for Cameron & The Eton boys? The same people on here and throughout this country voted this pathetic lot in to power then complain that there's no housing, jobs, schools, hospitals, etc.. for their own people, never mind helping people in dire straits. I have seen on TV today Cameron boastting about being in Jordan/Lebanon in the Refugee camps 3 years ago - and what has he done since? Did he not foresee the problems then? No, he bleats on about how much money we have sent as aid and how the refugees should be grateful of this aid and stay in tents for the rest of their life. It's all about money with this lot - Thatcher would be very proud.
JoJo46
11th Sep 2015
4
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Not until our own starving and homeless are sorted and ok.
Red Head Swift
10th Sep 2015
4
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Setting aside the emotion and right wing extremism that migration seems to generate in my fellow Silversurfers let us look at the economic and demographic facts and compare Germany with the UK.
Ultimately it all comes down to demographics. The population of Germany is falling very fast and this will mean fewer and fewer people working, paying tax and shopping. It is forecast that by 2030, or maybe earlier, the economy of Germany will start to shrink.
The UK on the other hand has a rising population. It is forecast that by 2060 the level of people working, paying tax and shopping will make us the economic powerhouse of Europe.
Angela Merkel sees this stream of people making their way to Germany as the answer to their economic problems. Germany has very openly stated that they need 1 million more people/immigrants in the country to work, pay tax and shop just to stop the problem getting worse. Going forward they need a further half a million more people/immigrants every year to make the economy grow.
As a pensioner I do not work. What I need are lots of people to work and pay tax. The tax pays my pension, funds the NHS and maintains a very balanced society. What I do not need is a declining population or a failed economy (look at Greece) where my pension would be have to be cut and hospitals closed.
Doggyvonne
9th Sep 2015
4
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This poll seems to be a good marker for the feelings of the entire UK on this matter. Thing is we all ready have homeless, displaced people and they are not moving in with Bob Geldof or some social minded big wig.. I know an unemployed man of 55 been living in seedy hotel rooms for many many years and the number is rising with divorced men left without funds to buy or rent a house. If we were sorted here and nobody in huge need i would feel more generous towards refugees but let's be honest we have too little housing for the people all ready here.
Doggyvonne
9th Sep 2015
1
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Wont they get passports to go anywhere in Europe to anyway whatever European country takes them in?
sammydarlo
8th Sep 2015
1
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Germany may already be regretting taking in Syrians, it seems it is only Merkel and co. that wants them there, not the majority of the actual german people. (Is this what some of you are wanting and asking for in the uk too??) An Afghan man who tore pages out of the Koran and threw them in a nearby toilet ended up making a decision that almost cost him his life, as an angry Syrian migrant mob reacted by chasing him through the streets of a refugee area in Suhl, Germany, this week.

In total, over 17 people were injured during the incident, including six police officers and members of the press, according to reports. It remains unknown if the Koran-desecrating man would have survived had there not been a police presence in the immediate area. After the Afghan man ripped up the Koran and discarded its pages in a nearby toilet, dozens of Syrian refugees began to chase the individual who had purportedly ruined their holy book. It took a team of armed guards to stop the rioting men, who then began pelting the policemen and security officers with rocks and steel weapons, local reports stated.

“The Syrian men, armed with iron rods, bricks and concrete blocks, then they went completely berserk. They smashed doors, windows, police cars chased the journalists and tossed about with furniture and other things,” read a translated report from DKA.

The violence has continued into Tuesday, the Daily Mail UK reports. Migrants “smashed car windows, ransacked buildings and demolished the walls which divide the shelter in the rampage which lasted several hours,” the report stated.

The refugee camp has taken in approximately 1,700 individuals, which is five hundred over what is supposed to be its maximum capacity, local reports said.

In order to try and prevent future hostilities, German officials are planning on dividing migrants by their ethnicity.

Germany expects that about 800,000 migrants will have arrived by the end of the year, quadruple the number in 2014. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has continued to demand that other European nations follow Berlin’s lead in absorbing the hundreds-of-thousands of Middle Eastern migrants that continue to flood into Europe.

“If Europe fails on the question of refugees, if this close link with universal civil rights is broken, then it won’t be the Europe we wished for,” Merkel said in a news conference on Monday. “Europe as a whole must move,” she added.
mick2e1hzm
8th Sep 2015
11
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They have found papers , driving licences passport all thrown in fields so they are all coming in as Syrians, there is just a few things no one has thought of we have 80000 people waiting for social housing will they go to the back of the queue, it will cost £3.5 million a week with all the rents council tax and benefits where will it all come from, plus look at the pictures 98% of them are young men who should be fighting for there country instead of running way and leaving there women and children at home 2% are females and children
sdpware
27th Sep 2015
2
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Hildy1
8th Sep 2015
1
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I know several family friends who would not be in my life now if our country had not have taken refugee's, I have 2 jewish friends and friends with an Italian family who's grand parents escaped Hitler and Mussolini, My aunty who spoke chinese volunteered to learn vietmanese to help families who escaped Pol Pot as "boat people", I met 2 girls, they lost siblings who drowned making their desperate escape and my mum took in a young boy escaping from Bosnia. Most of the kids I went to school with had grand parents and great grand parents who had escaped Ireland for being catholic. They all came with tragic personal stories of loss, not one of their families wanted to leave their homes, buinesess, extended families, pets, school friends, neighbours, culture etc etc but some of them had to to survive, they gave their kids a chance to live, be educated and find work and!!!! they all pay their taxes to this country, non of the people I know get benefits, I know loads of Brits who do
mwhelan
8th Sep 2015
7
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The problem is this time the young men coming could be Isis fighters ready to destroy our way of life and that's why we should be very very careful
sdpware
27th Sep 2015
1
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magsamum
8th Sep 2015
4
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I am becoming more and more concerned on the amount of vile and frankly very misleading far right comments appearing everyday on FB. They are being shared by normal everyday people. WHY? FEAR. The governments of Europe have behaved in the most impotent manner I have ever witnessed. Why on earth were the poorest nations in Europe left to deal with the huge amounts of people coming over. There was no way we're they ever going to be able to cope. There was no proper processing to deal with the economic migrants from the genuine refugees. Merkels response has been unbelievably Irresponsible she should be ashamed. All that she has done is for the economic benefit of Germany nothing about humanitarianism. No checks welcome all. This response is the best fodder for the far right, they are loving this, telling all and sundry that ISIS is invading Europe, and nobody can prove differently. I think Cameron's response is measured and the correct way with all the proper checks carried out.But we should be taking more. As for comparisons to our own people's needs then that is our fault not the refugees, we voted in a party hell bent on Austerity we got what we voted for. Be careful who you blame, or the innocent will suffer.
celtwitch
13th Sep 2015
1
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Europe is being changed before our eyes in ways that we never dreamed of, thousands of fit, young and aggressive MEN are flooding into Hungary, Italy, Greece and Spain. They have turned Lesbos into a battle zone, the local people dare not go to work or send their children to school because they know that the bogus refugees will take over their homes.
If we must take Syrian refugees then let them be Christian Syrians, who will assimilate quickly and readily into our culture, they will be accepted into Church communities with a minimum of fuss. The same cannot be said of muslims.
We have no legal, or moral responsibility to take in people who claim to have fled war zones as most of the Syrian refugees lived in parts of Syria untouched by war. Some others are not even Syrian, but claim to be as they realise they have a much better chance of being accepted if they claim to be Syrian.
Europe is being taken for a ride, the invasion has been carefully organised, or how could so many come all at once?
We must resist the exhortations of the Germans to take a greater 'share' of this invading force, we already have more welfare dependent immigrants than we can cope with.
Pull the drawbridge up, the UK is full.
sdpware
27th Sep 2015
2
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couldn't agree more
Hildy1
8th Sep 2015
2
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gasue
8th Sep 2015
8
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I say yes to GENUINE REFUGEES only. I am not in favour of allowing migrants in who just want a better life living off our Benefit system. If I wanted to live in another country I would need money, a skill and a job, and a home to go too. I would not be able to rely on the State of that country to give me these things foc.
Wilf
8th Sep 2015
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I remember back in the 70s how the UK welcomed Asians from Uganda and also Kenya and thousands came here settled down and become part of Great Britain-worked hard and enjoyed themselves. I think we need to help and do a lot more than take in 20,000 in 4 years-20,000 people a year we could easily take in especially the really destitute people living in shanty towns in Syria, Jordan and Lebanon. But also what about poor peole living in places like west and central Africa in places like the Congo we should help them as well. I do think a lot of the people coming to Europe are economic migrants but thats what great countries like the USA were built on and if we did'nt have a strong economy here Brits would be working all over the world...as many thousands indeed do
mick2e1hzm
8th Sep 2015
5
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And where would you put them Wilf and how would you pay for it all we spend billions in foreign aid to these countries, we don't have enough houses for our own people, Councils are having to cut essential services but they will be expected to house all the immigrant, economical or other wise
CJR08
8th Sep 2015
1
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Europe is now more cosmopolitan than ever and the mix of cultures will aid change and development. Its something we have to get use to.
Hildy1
8th Sep 2015
0
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Europe has always been cosmopolitan, just check out our long cosmopolitan history going back centuries.
thefilthycripple
8th Sep 2015
3
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Today Germany has said that they are happy to take half a million "refugees" per year for the foreseeable future . So why not let them fly directly to Germany , instead of causing chaos in countries that do not want them or cannot afford them ? It would also by pass the people traffickers !
sdpware
27th Sep 2015
0
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couldn't agree more
alij1959
8th Sep 2015
5
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The Uk as not refused to take in refugees, but they are going down the proper avenues to make sure that they are taking in genuine refugees.if you do not have proper border controls you end up with the problems we see on the news. I personally think that the EU have created a bigger problem by having an open door policy causing people to scramble into Europe, giving traffickers the opportunity to exploit these people. What Cameron has said is right if you just say people can walk into your country there is no control over who is entering, but it will also stop people paying to be crammed into boats and lorries and ending up dead. You must remember that the uk is a small island which already has a shortage of housing and such. The problem needs to be sorted out in Syria to try and put an end to this conflict, we cannot simply solve this problem by letting people in. There are many countries who are suffering as a result of famine are we to extend to these also. It is heart breaking to see children washed up on a beach because it's parents decided to flee Syria, this particular family was trying to get to relatives in Canada having been turned down by Canada to immigrate there, they where going to enter Canada regardless, yes there are many of these people who are genuine refugees but there are plenty who are not and are just getting in on the band wagon. Are we not in danger of by allowing those who do not really need asylum to deprive those who do, if you don't check how will you know.
Athena
8th Sep 2015
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These people are trying to get themselves and their families to a place of safety, where they can live & work without fear. Forget religion offering them a safe haven is a compassionate thing to do. Yes we do have many problems in this country but that doesn't mean that we have to ignore other people who are in even worse straits. For goodness sake we are all human beings.
mwhelan
8th Sep 2015
2
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I think we should look after our old and vulnerable and our veterans and only when this countries citizens are helped should we look to sort the rest of the world out .
sdpware
27th Sep 2015
0
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couldn't agree more
JanetH4
9th Sep 2015
1
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Absolutely mwhelan..I agree ....some of our veterans are left homeless without help. But these immigrants will be housed , looked after given money when our own people are struggling ,our parent grandparents have fought for us and all paid into the system .i do feel for the genuine asylum seekers. But how many countries would help us ????
mick2e1hzm
8th Sep 2015
4
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Athena the picture of the little boy was disturbing but his family was in a safe place they lived and worked in turkey and had done for 3 years, Turkey is classed as a safe enclave
jualsagi
9th Sep 2015
0
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Yes, I agree. The immediate situation was a tragedy, and faced with that situation I would have given practical help to children & their mother. However why did their father make such a reckless decision to board an unseaworthy boat! The family could have remained in Turkey safely.
scandiman
8th Sep 2015
8
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I would like to ask, how many of the people who will give a home to a refugee have offered to do the same for our UK homeless? The so-called 'international community', which usually can't agree on anything, should remove the reason so many people are fleeing their homeland. I also want to ask, why is this seen as an exclusively European problem. How many refugees are the Saudis, China, Japan and Russia taking? None? I thought so. This huge influx of refugees will be living where exactly? Not in Cameron's home town, the stock-broker belt or Cotswolds I bet. They will be dumped in areas already over-stretched.
Wilf
8th Sep 2015
7
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Totally agree we need to show some compassion. We are a very tolerant nation and always have been
onlyolney
8th Sep 2015
2
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There are too many people in the world. There are far too many people in England. We do need to rescue refugees, of course we do, but not by adding to our own over-population. We need the UN to gain agreement to build new towns in war-ravaged North Africa, start businesses, build infrastructure and turn them into viable communities. If they ever can return to Syria, then these towns can be used for others in need.
JanetH4
9th Sep 2015
0
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rudgy
8th Sep 2015
2
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How about looking after the people who are here .The government is taking away from the poorest and disabled in this country,as we do not have the money yet they can send millions in aid .Where are all these people going to live .Its funny they can find homes for these people but not the British homeless .Charity begins at home .
Where are all the Muslim brothers how many will they take in .Also as for being Christians .These people do not respect the Christian faith as they are slaughtering them in Syria .
sdpware
27th Sep 2015
0
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couldn't agree more
scandiman
8th Sep 2015
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Damned right rudgy! See comment from scandiman.
Many of us will have come from families even centuries back fleeing from poverty and oppression including the Irish potato famine, religious persecution of the Huguenots and persecution of the Jewish people over centuries of torment .
No land belongs to anyone race or religion including ours so to open up to Syrian refugees will change the social landscape over generations but we should as a carrying compassionate nation take people in and those of us who claim to be Christians should not hesitate we are called to do it
swanland
8th Sep 2015
4
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Yes let them in! As long as Britain looks after our own vulnerable people also !
JanetH4
9th Sep 2015
2
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But our country are not looking after our own first They have just cut benefits for the vulnerable ??? And NO I am not on benefits either !
Munsterlander
8th Sep 2015
6
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We should look after these people. The economy is getting back on its feet and most of these people want to work. There were a couple on TV last nights news and she was a doctor. We need doctors in the UK. the only issue is for me that a lot of the brightest and fittest people leave their own communities when they could be helping them but the Syrian war is such a disaster and a mess anyway we just need to help these folk like we did in WW2
JohnHerb
8th Sep 2015
6
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Great Britain has always been a compassionate country and our people have always fought for freedom. Families are fleeing from war in Syria and Iraq with four million people in Lebanon as refugees. We must help them! I think its a clever move by Cameron to take 20,000 Syrian refugees from Syria. It gives a message that we are helping but also says to all the migrants coming through Europe don't bother to come to the UK as we are already taking the poorest people who cannot even travel from Lebanon. the way I always think is if I was in the same situation would I want help? of course so we must help others-as someone said on the news the other night "we are all human beings on one planet"

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