David Cameron is to set out details of the government’s plans to resettle thousands of refugees fleeing the civil war in Syria and Islamic State militants as parliament reconvenes after the summer recess. The UK prime minister, who was effectively forced to act after the publication of harrowing photographs of the body of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi washed up on a Mediterranean beach, will tell MPs that the government would place a particular emphasis on helping orphaned children. George Osborne, the chancellor, said on Sunday that the housing and living costs of the refugees would be met for the first 12 months of their stay in Britain and come from the aid budget. The government is to embark on a “fundamental rethink” of the budget in which up to £1bn will be spent on failed states such as Syria, which have a direct impact on Britain’s national interest. Downing Street has declined to say how many refugees would be admitted to Britain. The Sunday Times reported that 10,000-15,000 people would be admitted as the government relaxes the criteria for the vulnerable persons relocation scheme that has so far given sanctuary to just 216 people. Britain is refusing to take part in… Read full this story
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