Lib Dems will welcome 50,000 Syrian refugees by 2022


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The Liberal Democrats have showed their commitment to refugees with a promise to welcome 50,000 Syrian refugees over the next five years.

The party’s manifesto will also revisit commitments abandoned by the Tories under the Dubs programme on unaccompanied asylum seeking children; and ensure Britain works with international partners to secure legal routes to safety for displaced people.

The Conservatives have u-turned on two pledges on refugees since Theresa May became Prime Minister, one to take more refugees from Syria and another to help abandoned child refugees.

With a proud tradition of embracing diversity, Lambeth has opened its doors to nine Syrian Refugee families so far with a number of faith groups coming together to ensure each has received a warm welcome.  

George Turner, Liberal Democrat candidate for Vauxhall, said: "Most of us can't begin to imagine the horror of having to flee war. We have a moral duty to vigorously protect the international human right to seek refuge.

"Here in the UK we are proud of our history of protecting those escaping persecution. We must extend that protection to Syrian refugees over the next few years."

The Lib Dem commitment to challenge the Tory government's narrow focus in terms of the refugee agenda was welcomed by Refugee Action's Chief Executive Stephen Hale and the UK's bureau of the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCRUK.   

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Further strengthening their pledge to 'do the right thing' and make the positive case for meaningful engagement on refugee issues, the Lib Dems have also created a dedicated Shadow Secretary position for Refugees, which will be taken up by Amna Ahmad, parliamentary candidate for Sutton & Cheam.

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Launching the policy on a visit to refugee charity GARAS, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said he wanted to urge the: "British people to make it clear to their government that this is the kind of Britain they want, a decent country, which doesn’t forget those in need".

 

He added, “My job is to try to present a different set of values.  We believe the British people are better than the Conservative party are making us out to be.  Faced with suffering and trauma on a scale not seen since the Second World War, Theresa May has wilfully chosen to tear up her promises to help some of the most vulnerable children and people in the world. "


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