The heads of more than two dozen secular and faith-based aid agencies and charities sent an open letter to the UK Prime Minister urging him to do more to alleviate the global refugee crisis in 2016 after the government’s “clearly inadequate” response last year.
The organisations endorsed four urgent refugee principles:
- The UK should take a fair and proportionate share of refugees, both those already within the European Union and those still outside it.
- Safe and legal routes to the UK, as well as to the European Union, need to be established.
- Safe and legal routes within the European Union, including the UK, should be established.
- There should be access to fair and thorough procedures to determine eligibility for international protection wherever it is sought.
The UK, along with other European countries, must take responsibility for responding to the refugee crisis on Europe’s doorstep.
The Guardian publishes the full letter, signed by leaders from ActionAid UK, Amnesty International UK, Asylum Aid, Bond, British Refugee Council, CAFOD, Christian Aid, City of Sanctuary, CSAN (Caritas Social Action Network), Doctors of the World UK, Freedom from Torture, Greenpeace UK, International Rescue Committee UK, Islamic Relief UK, Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants, Liberty, Muslim Charities Forum, Oxfam GB, Refugee Action, Responding to Conflict, Scottish Refugee Council, Student Action for Refugees, Welsh Refugee Council, Women for Refugee Women, World Vision UK, Y Care International and North of England Refugee Service.