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Creating safe and legal routes for refugees

September 21, 2015 11:02 AM
By suzanne

Lib Dems pledge to create safe and legal routes for refugees

LD4SOS had put forward a policy motion for debate at lib dem conference, and are delighted that it has been passed unanimously. More to follow but here is the first statement.
Liberal Democrats vowed to 'step up to the plate' and tackle the humanitarian crisis across Europe as thousands of refugees flee Syria.
At the party's Autumn Conference, the Liberal Democrats laid out a comprehensive plan to deal with the humanitarian crisis facing Europe.
Members proposed to create safe and legal routes for refugees fleeing war or persecution. They agreed to:
Significantly increase the number of refugees resettled in the UK through UNHCR programmes
Make it easier for refugees to join relatives already living in safety through UNHCR programmes in the UK
Continue to advocate for, and contribute to, the European search and rescue operation in the Mediterranean to save the lives of those who are forced to make dangerous journeys
Opt into an EU relocation scheme for asylum seekers already in the European Union
Home Affairs spokesperson Alistair Carmichael told conference:
"David Cameron is very fond of making speeches about British values and how much they matter to him.
"This is a defining moment for our Prime Minister. Will he live up to the talk of British values? Or is the talk just exactly that?
"The history of the immigration and asylum debate in Britain has not always been a good one. Too often it has been inward looking and occasionally poisonous.
"This is a moment to rewrite the rules of that debate and this party must be at the front of leading that change."