Kate Osamor, the Labour and Co-op Member of Parliament for Edmonton has written to the Prime Minister and the leaders of Enfield Council urging them to do more to help refugees.
The ongoing refugee crisis is one of the worst humanitarian crises in Europe since the Second World War. It is partly driven by the ongoing civil war in Syria, which has resulted in nearly 4 million Syrians seeking refuge outside their own country. The Government has recently bowed to public pressure and agreed to welcome up to 20,000 refugees over the next five years. However, Kate Osamor MP does not believe these plans go far enough, because they would not help any of the refugees currently in Southern or Eastern Europe.
Speaking on the subject Kate Osamor MP said:
“I have been contacted by many constituents who are really concerned about the refugee crisis. I am proud to represent an area with such a strong desire to help those fleeing conflict and persecution. I have been deeply distressed by the suffering of refugees and the images of people who have died trying to reach safety. I believe that the Government should be doing much more to help those in need and have written to the Prime Minister, calling for urgent action.”
“I also know that local government and communities have an important role to play. I have asked Enfield Council to sign up to the UN’s Gateway Programme, which resettles refugees from places such as Syria through local councils. Enfield has a proud history of welcoming refugees to the area and we should continue in this tradition.”