Sunday, 6 September 2015

Pragmatism required in face of refugee crisis

Hundreds of Britons are offering their homes to refugees on the website, reports the Sunday Times, while over 400,000 people have signed an online petition asking for Britain to "accept its fair share of refugees seeking safety in Europe". Meanwhile, David Simmonds, chairman of the Local Government Association's asylum, migration and refugee task force, has said David Cameron needs to consider how allowing thousands more refugees into the country will impact councils’ finances. "If the government wants a new approach, where a temporary safe haven is offered but people are clearly not going to be able to stay in the UK beyond the point at which it is safe for them to return to their country, then they need to set out and implement that in policy and law from the start," he said. Mr Simmonds added that Bob Geldof’s offer to put up families in his homes in Kent and London was "pie in sky". "If Bob Geldof is willing to make that offer, I'm sure his local council, which will already have a lot of people on its housing waiting list, will be very happy to bring them around this afternoon." Elsewhere, Peter Hitchens in the Mail on Sunday voices his concerns over what he fears could be “an unstoppable demographic revolution” resulting from the refugee crisis, in which Europe and the UK “merges its culture and its economy with North Africa and the Middle East.”

The Observer

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