British celebrities urge Cameron to help more refugees

A group of 90 British celebrities, including actor Jude Law and singer Paloma Faith, on Friday urged Prime Minister David Cameron to accept more refugees and help divided families and separated children.

The celebrities published an open letter to Cameron in The Guardian ahead of next week's meeting of the United Nations refugee agency to explore ways to resettle more refugees from camps on Syria's borders.

"The UK has a proud history of protecting the victims of war," they said.

"As the UNHCR convenes a high-level meeting calling for world leaders to step up and do more to help Syrian refugees, we urge David Cameron to continue that legacy by urgently doing more to protect these vulnerable refugees." 

"We call on you to increase our resettlement commitment and to strengthen family reunion policies to help separated children and divided families," the celebrities said.

Cameron was widely criticized for not accepting some of the hundreds of thousands of refugees stranded in other EU nations when he announced a programme to take 20,000 Syrians direct from refugee camps in September.

He increased that commitment slightly in late January, promising to resettle several hundred unaccompanied children from refugee camps on Syria's borders.

The signatories of the open letter, published in cooperation with British-based Refugee Action, include designer Vivienne Westwood; film directors Sam Mendes, Ken Loach and Mike Leigh; broadcaster Michael Palin; and artists Jake and Dinos Chapman.

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