British Prime Minister David Cameron tells the House of Commons that Britain pledges to take in up to 20,000 Syrian refugees from camps over the next five years. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: British Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday (September 7) told the House of Commons that Britain will take in up to 20,000 Syrian refugees directly from camps over the next five years. Cameron's pledge was in response to a growing public clamor for his government to help those fleeing four years of civil war in Syria. "The whole country has been deeply moved by the images we've seen over the past few days. And it is absolutely right that Britain should fulfill its moral responsibility to help those refugees just as we've done so proudly throughout our history," Cameron said. "But given the scale of the crisis and the suffering of the Syrian people, it is right that we should do much more. So Mr. Speaker, we are proposing that Britain should resettle up to 20,000 Syrian refugees over the rest of this parliament. In doing so, we'll continue to show the world that the country, is a country of extraordinary compassion. Always standing up for our values and helping those in need," Cameron said, to shouts from the parliament floor. European leaders are struggling to cope with a growing migrant influx and the humanitarian situation that has ensued inside their borders. Cameron's statement to parliament fleshed out a promise he made last week after a photograph of a Syrian toddler lying dead on a Turkish beach prompted an outpouring of empathy from Britons and put him under pressure to act.