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British Prime Minister David Cameron has said “taking more and more refugees” is not the answer to the EU’s current migration crisis

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister David Cameron  (File)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister David Cameron (File)

The UK has faced calls to take more of the hundreds of thousands of refugees arriving in Europe, many from Syria.

Mr Cameron said: “We are taking action across the board… the most important thing is to try to bring peace and stability to that part of the world, BBC reported.

“I don’t think there is an answer that can be achieved simply by taking more and more refugees.”

Asked about calls for the UK to do more, the prime minister said: “We are taking action right across the board – we’re helping the countries from which these people are coming, stabilising them and trying to make sure that there are worthwhile jobs and stronger economies there.

“We’re obviously taking action at Calais, in terms of the Channel – there’s more that we need to do, and we’re working together with our European partners as well. These are big challenges, but we’ll meet them.”

The number of migrants entering Europe has reached record levels, with 107,500 arriving in July alone.

Germany expects to take in 800,000 migrants this year – four times last year’s total.

The risks for migrants travelling through Europe were highlighted last week by the deaths of 71 people found in a lorry that had travelled to Austria from Budapest.

EU interior and justice ministers will meet in Brussels on 14 September to address the crisis.

 

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