The UK Government should be generous like the majority of British people and offer protection to the people arriving on Europe’s shores, Refugee Council has said.
A poll recently revealed that 56% of British people would welcome refugees from places like Syria into their local communities.
The poll, published by the BBC and ComRes, shows that nearly half of British people would like to see the UK accept more refugees (47%).
At least 55% of the people asked said accepting refugees is a sign of ‘Britain at its best’.
Despite public support for welcoming refugees, said Refugee Council, the British Government has refused to help share responsibility for the refugees arriving on Europe’s shores; leaving men, women and children to endure a march of misery across the continent as they desperately try to find a safe haven.
“It’s clear that many people in Britain have been deeply moved by the deadly refugee crisis unfolding on Europe’s doorstep,” said Refugee Council Head of Advocacy Dr. Lisa Doyle. “It’s extremely encouraging that the majority of the British public think that helping refugees from places like Syria is a sign of Britain at its best. We have a proud tradition of protecting refugees and the desire to help others is undoubtedly part of what makes Britain great.”
The UK Government, Dr Doyle said, should “demonstrate the same generosity of spirit, by offering more of the men, women and children arriving on Europe’s shores the protection they so desperately need.”