A Conservative MP has caused anger after she urged people to “stop being so sentimental” about Syrian refugees fleeing the conflict to Europe.
Pauline Latham, the MP for Mid Derbyshire, said that Syrian refugees who had made it to Europe were not under the threat and were in safe countries. She said taking in refugees was acting as “pull factor” and that it would be best for them to stay in their home region.
The comments came in a debate in the House of Commons about the Government’s closure of the Dubs scheme on child refugees. The Government had been expected to take 3,000 unaccompanied child refugees in from camps in Europe but instead closed the scheme after 350. Ministers said they believe the scheme was acting as an “incentive” for children to travel to Europe as refugees.
....Ms Latham said .........“I would like to say that although I understand the sentiments of what people say we should stop being so sentimental and we should actually be looking at what the best thing to do for these families and children [is] which is to keep them in the region – and that’s what this government are doing.”
I entirely agree with this line of thought. What on earth is the point of us in taking 'refugees ' who are already in safe countries? Our taking in refugees who have got as far as Europe is totally counterproductive. We should be concentrating on helping and if necessary taking in our reasonable share of genuine refugees from countries or safe areas adjacent to war zones, not those who have managed to get 1,000 miles away and are already out of danger and fed and sheltered in Europe.