Spain: Cameron will respond "morally" to refugees, helping strengthen EU borders

The British Prime Minister David Cameron spoke of the UK being a "moral nation" and said he would ensure it fulfilled its "moral and humanitarian responsibilities" in the face of the growing refugee crisis, as he spoke from Madrid alongside Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, Friday. Cameron also vowed to assist the fortifying of the EU's external borders, despite being outside of the Schengen zone. Cameron touted the UK providing sanctuary for around 5,000 Syrian refugees who have managed to make their way to Britain through Europe and Calais, while vowing to allow thousands more into the country. To put that number in perspective, in 2014 alone Germany took 65,000. The official relocation programme Britain is a part of has accepted a mere 216 Syrian refugees, less than the number that can fit on a London tube train (300 passengers). The US by comparison has taken 1,500 through resettlement programmes. When pressed for how many "thousands" meant, the prime minister told reporters that governmental departments will brief the press in the following week following consultations with partners and NGOs. He did, however, clarify that Britain remains opposed to the quota system of relocation being pushed through the EU, despite being outside of Schengen, as "it can encourage people to make the journey." Addressing the situation in Syria, Cameron told the press "We are already the second-largest bilateral donor of aid to the Syrian conflict." The further contributions Britain is making to Syria puts UK spending on the conflict to "over £1 billion, that is the UK's largest ever response," he told reporters. Rajoy said that "Europe cannot refuse to give asylum to those who are entitled to it according to international law. It is part of our heritage as Europeans: the defense of human rights, the defense of freedom."

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