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4 September 2015 - David Cameron on the refugee crisis

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David Cameron to Announce the U.K. Will Take ‘Thousands’ of Syrian Refugees
Lucy Westcott (Newsweek)

British Prime Minister David Cameron has bowed to public pressure and is expected to announce that the U.K. will take in thousands more refugees, The Guardian reports.

Cameron said on Thursday morning the U.K. will “fulfill our moral responsibilities” by “taking thousands of people.” The U.K. has faced growing domestic and international pressure to take in more refugees, although Cameron has previously been reluctant to allow more people to enter the country, instead insisting that bringing peace and stability to the Middle East is a more effective solution. That seemed to change on Thursday, after international outcry over distressing images of 3-year-old Aylan Kurdi’s lifeless body lying on a Turkish beach, which were published on Wednesday.

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Syrian boys drowning
Image of Dead Boy Piles Pressure on UK's Cameron Over Syrian Refugees
Reuters (The New York Times)
LONDON — British Prime Minister David Cameron came under pressure on Thursday to take in more refugees after the image of a dead Syrian toddler washed up on a Turkish beach raised the emotional temperature of the debate.
Cameron said on Wednesday that he did not think the answer was to take more and more refugees but to bring peace and stability to the Middle East, a response widely perceived as inadequate in the face of the unfolding tragedy.
"Mr Cameron, summer is over ... Now deal with the biggest crisis facing Europe since WW2," read a headline on the front page of the Sun, Britain's highest-selling newspaper, above the image of the lifeless boy being carried away.
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Cameron's reaction to the photos

We asked David Cameron if Britain can do more to help refugees like Aylan Kurdi. His answer? 'We're doing enough'
Matt Dathans (The Independent)
David Cameron has responded to photographs of a dead Syrian child washed up on a Turkish beach by telling The Independent that Britain is doing enough to help refugees.
A string of politicians and charities have urged the Prime Minister to do more to improve the desperate plight of those fleeing war-torn countries, following The Independent’s publication of the powerful images of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi.
Thousands have signed a petition calling on the Government to ensure the UK works with other European Union countries to set and welcome a quota of refugees.
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A shameful stance

The UK’s stance on the refugee crisis shames us all
Polly Toynbee (The Guardian)
Shame on your country, that’s something Germans have long lived with. The British tell only gallant tales about ourselves. Now David Cameron has shamed us all, his nasty party turning our reputation nasty.
There are times when leaders need to bring out the best in people, not cravenly bend towards the worst. “We have taken a number” – he dared not say the number: 216. “Simply taking more and more refugees” is no answer, he said, without blushing.
One politician, Yvette Cooper, had the nerve to stand for decency and defy public opinion. Then a picture shamed Cameron, the moment when the Sun columnist’s “cockroaches” became one dead little boy. “Swarms” and “marauders” on a “tidal wave of migrants” become one lifeless body in a soldier’s arms.
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"4 September 2015 - David Cameron on the refugee crisis", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), avril 2015. Consulté le 25/06/2024. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/key-story/archives-revue-de-presse-2015/4-september-2015-david-cameron-on-the-refugee-crisis