Lawyers urge Britain to accept more Syrian refugees

An elderly woman sings a lullaby to baby on a beach after arriving with other migrants and refugees on the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean sea from Turkey on October 11, 2015Britain must accept more Syrian refugees faster in response to a humanitarian crisis of people fleeing conflict, a group of over 300 lawyers demanded in a statement released Monday. The group, which includes a former president of Britain’s supreme court and other prominent figures, called for the suspension of a system whereby asylum seekers claim asylum in the first EU country to which they arrive. “We consider that the UK Government’s offer to resettle 20,000 of the most vulnerable Syrian refugees from camps in the Middle East, spread over five years, is too low, too slow and too narrow,” the statement read.

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