Lib Dems win battle to help vulnerable Syrian refugees

January 29, 2014 6:31 PM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

Today, Nick Clegg confirmed that the UK will be providing refuge to some of the most vulnerable Syrian refugees. We will provide refuge for some of those most traumatised by the crisis, such as vulnerable women or children.

I am pleased to be able to tell you that the UK will be providing refuge to some of the most vulnerable Syrian refugees - something the Liberal Democrats have been arguing for in government over recent weeks.

The Coalition Government is already providing £600m in humanitarian aid - more than any other country apart from America. But, as the conflict continues to force millions of Syrians from their homes, we need to make sure we are doing everything we can.

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees backs our new resettlement programme and has said the highest priority should go to women and girls who have experienced, or are at risk of, sexual violence; the elderly; survivors of torture and individuals with disabilities - so that's who we'll target.

Sadly we cannot provide safety for everyone who needs it, but we can reach out to some of those who need it most.

We'll continue to support the peace talks currently taking place in Geneva and all peace efforts: only a political resolution between the Assad regime and Syrian opposition will provide a lasting solution.

In the meantime Britain will continue do everything we can to alleviate the suffering. This country has a long and proud tradition of providing refuge at times of conflict and crisis. That tradition must live on.