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UK charity hails migrant aid donations

Wednesday, September 09, 2015 - 01:48

A UK pop-up charity says it's been overwhelmed with donations of food and clothing for migrants stranded in the French port of Calais. Paul Chapman reports.

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British volunteers appealing for aid to help migrants stranded in the French town of Calais say they've been swamped with donations. The pop-up charity says food and clothing for up to 4, 000 migrants has flooded in. (SOUNDBITE)(English) CHARITY VOLUNTEER LLIANA BIRD SAYING: "People in Britain are feeling angry that they've been misrepresented by the actions of our government a lot of our press as well and that isn't representative of how they actually feel and I think this proves it." Britain's lawmakers held an emergency debate on the refugee crisis after the prime minister announced the UK would take 20,000 Syrian refugees over the next five years. (SOUNDBITE)(English) SHADOW HOME SECRETARY YVETTE COOPER SAYING: "Helping 4,000 refugees this year isn't enough. Four thousand compared to the 24,000 in France, hundreds of thousands in Germany." (SOUNDBITE)(English) HOME SECRETARY TERESA MAY SAYING: "Our financial contribution of one billion (pounds) is the largest we have ever made to a humanitarian crisis and makes us the second-biggest bilateral donor in the world." The European Parliament was due to vote on Wednesday on plans to relocate 40,000 migrants from Italy and Greece. Among its lawmakers too there's dissent. (SOUNDBITE)(English) GREEN MEP AND RAPPORTEUR ON REPORT ON ALLOCATING ASYLUM SEEKERS, SKA KELLER, SAYING: "Relocating 40, 000 people from Italy and Greece is not a big task. If we fail at that small but important task, then how are we going to succeed at other tasks that lie ahead?" (SOUNDBITE)(English) U.K INDEPENDENCE PARTY MEP, DIANE JAMES, SAYING: "Migrants' well-being should not come at the cost of E.U citizens' well-being, specifically threats where the potential terrorists, as we've already seen, can enter countries unchecked and unhindered." The United Nations is warning at least 850,000 people are expected to cross the Mediterranean this year and next seeking refuge in Europe.

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UK charity hails migrant aid donations

Wednesday, September 09, 2015 - 01:48