Refugee Action calls on Prime Minister Theresa May to step up to the refugee crisis

Last updated September 19, 2016Press release

Ahead of this week’s UN summit for Refugees and Migrants, Refugee Action calls on Prime Minister Theresa May to commit the UK to step up, not step back, from the international refugee crisis.

Stephen Hale, chief executive of Refugee Action, says:

“This summit is a huge opportunity for Theresa May to step up and commit the UK to playing a leading role in protecting people fleeing war and persecution.

“It’s one year since the commitment to resettle 20,000 Syrian refugees. There’s no end in sight to that war and the immense suffering it brings. The Prime Minister must step up and commit the UK to moving further and faster with resettlement of refugees from Syria and other war-torn countries.

“It’s also absolutely essential that all refugees are able to rebuild their lives in the UK. At present there is a serious shortage of English language lessons. Theresa May must act now so that refugees can learn English, get jobs, make friends and contribute to their new communities.”

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Notes on Refugee Action: With more than 30 years of experience resettling refugees in Britain, Refugee Action is currently working with local authorities up and down the country to resettle Syrians on the Government’s Scheme (VPRS) and refugees from other countries arriving through the Gateway Programme.

Our Let Refugees Learn campaign aims to ensure that all refugees have the opportunity to learn the language of their new home.