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‘UK should accept more refugees’

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Migrants and refugees wait for a train at the refugee camp after crossing the Greek-Macedonian border near the town of Gevgelija, Macedonia on December 5, 2015. (AFP image)

Human rights groups have called on the UK authorities to take in more refugees after launching airstrikes in Syria.

It cannot be argued that accepting 4,000 Syrian refugees per year – or around six per parliamentary constituency – is our fair share of the millions who have fled Syria – this is more the case now than ever before,” Melanie Ward, associate director at the International Rescue Committee (IRC) told the Independent.

She also said the increase in airstrikes in Syria will give rise to more refugees, arguing that the current refugee acceptance rate is not acceptable.

“The government should urgently revise the numbers upwards, including by welcoming a significant number of the refugees whose desperation has seen them reach Europe’s shores already,” she noted.

Immigration is seen as one of Britain's most sensitive political issues. Prime Minister David Cameron has, time and again, vowed to curb the immigration with concerns over border control which is being seen a key to support for leaving the European Union ahead of a referendum on membership due next year.

New official figures show the migration to Britain has reached a new record high with a jump of 32 percent on the figure for the previous year.

According to the figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), there was net migration to Britain of 336,000 in the year to June.

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