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Faced with increasing calls to take in more migrants fleeing war-torn countries, Prime Minister David Cameron today said he was “deeply moved” by the images of a dead Syrian toddler washed ashore on a Turkish beach and promised that Britain would fulfil its “moral responsibility”.

The migrant crisis, with the number of people fleeing the volatile Middle East for Europe increasing every day, has been described as the largest exodus of people since World War II. The image of a Syrian child found dead on a Turkish beach on the front pages of UK newspapers today led to a petition with over 100,000 signatures, which means the government would now have to debate the issue in Parliament.

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“Anyone who saw those pictures overnight could not help but be moved and, as a father, I felt deeply moved by the sight of that young boy on a beach in Turkey,” Cameron said. “Britain is a moral nation and we will fulfil our moral responsibilities,” Cameron said, though he refused to commit to any number of migrants the country would allow in. The migrants are believed to be mostly from Syria but also from Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan. UN special representative on international migration Peter Sutherland said that while some countries were “massively bearing the burden” of the migration crisis, the UK was among those that could do more.

Acting Labour party leader Harriet Harman accused Cameron of “lurking with his head in the sand trying to pretend that nobody cares and it’s not our problem”. Labour party leadership contender Andy Burnham called for Parliament to debate if the UK should take in more refugees when Parliament returns next week. Yvette Cooper, shadow home secretary, suggested the UK could take 10,000 Syrian refugees.

Attacking the government’s response to the crisis so far, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon pledged that Scotland would “stand ready to offer sanctuary to refugees that need our help”. She said she was “reduced to tears” at the image of the dead child. “He and thousands like him whose lives are at risk is not someone else’s responsibly; they are the responsibility of all of us.

“I am very angry at the walk-on-by attitude of the UK government and I implore David Cameron to change his position and change it today.” UK Chancellor George Osborne said he was “very distressed” to see the image of a young Syrian boy lying dead on a beach in Turkey, but insisted there was no “simple answer” to the migrant crisis. He said Britain would continue to take in “genuine refugees” with the situation kept “under review”.

By William Regal

Used to think I was a tad indecisive, but now I’m not quite sure.

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