Guardian editorial re blogged.
Oxfam calculates that on a pro-rata basis, the UK should be prepared to offer places to up to 10,000 Syrians. Such a gesture would send an important signal of support to Syria’s neighbours as they struggle to support their refugee populations without alienating their own citizens. It would tell Syrians themselves that they were not forgotten. And it would be a symbol of European solidarity.
It is also a moral obligation, one that Britain has recognised for more than 50 years. The corrosive nature of the discourse about migration fostered by Nigel Farage and Ukip – at it again in a Channel 4 interview with talk of a Muslim fifth column – cannot be allowed to stop Britain playing its part in an international effort to help at least some of the victims of Syria’s war.