“An estimated 65 million people throughout the world have been forced to flee their homes. The numbers of protracted conflicts have increased. This has created more than 22 million refugees worldwide” (http://www.redcross.org.uk/en/What-we-do/Refugee-support/Refugee-facts-and-figures Accessed 26/09/17).
The burden has largely fallen on those countries less well off than ourselves in the UK. “Developing countries host over 80 per cent of refugees”, and in the EU comparatively poorer nations such as Greece or Italy take more than they can cope with, due to the fact that they are nearest to the places refugees are fleeing from, and to government policies which keep them there, or return them to where they first arrived. “There are more child refugees in Europe than at any point since the end of the second world war … last year over 25,000 children entering Italy arrived alone”. To date “none have been transferred to the UK”. Yes, countries’ need to control their borders, but are we in the UK so overwhelmed when “refugees living in the UK account for 0.18% of the total population” (https://www.unicef.org.uk/child-refugees-europe/ Accessed 26/09/17)?