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North should take Syrian refugees - Ó Muilleoir

9 December, 2014


Sinn Féin MLA Máirtín Ó Muilleoir has said the North should be prepared to take in Syrian refugees. 

Speaking after writing to the First and Deputy First Ministers on the issue, the South Belfast MLA said; 

"Syria represents the humanitarian crisis of our time. In my discussions with the NI Community for Refugees and Asylum Seekers and with church leaders, it's my belief that our community is keen to step up to the mark and accept refugees from Syria.

"Many countries have responded positively to the call for help by the United Nations Refugee Agency — Germany has offered 30,000 places and the Irish Government has committed 300 places. Uruguay, a country with fewer resources than western nations has welcomed in 120 Syrian refugees. 

"Sadly, Mr Cameron's Government in London has not yet committed to take any refugees. 

"I note that Scottish ministers have already urged the British Government to commit to taking refugees. 

"Similarly, the Rev Bill Shaw and Frank Liddy, co-founders of the Belfast Compassionate City movement tells me they believe the people of Belfast would welcome Syrian refugees with open arms. 

"In the spirit of Christmas, I have asked the First and deputy First Minister to convey to the British Government this message of welcome to Syrian refugees from our community.”

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