Britain will admit up to 20,000 Syrian refugees in the UK over the course of the next five years, David Cameron said today.
The government will accept asylum seekers from refugee camps in and around Syria, granting resettled people five-year humanitarian protection visas. "Vulnerable children", especially orphans, would be the government's priority, Cameron said
The government has come under increased pressure to accept more asylum seekers in recent days amid public outcry over a photo showing drowned three-year-old Syrian refugee Aylan Kurdi, whose limp body washed up on a Turkish beach last week.
As Britain is not part of the European Union's borderless Schengen area, the UK government would "decide its own approach" on accepting refugees, he added.