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Archbishop of Glasgow highlights UK's 'unhelpful' response refugee crisis

by Desmond Busteed

The controvercial remarks from Archbishop Philip Tartaglia, the Archbishop of Glasgow, come a day aftrer David Cameron said Britain will take thousands of refugees directly from camps bordering Syria, but has not given an exact figure.

He's also pledged £100 million pounds extra in aid to help them.

Archbishop Tartaglia has said Britain needs to be "generous in providing a safe haven" for refugees seeking to enter Europe and has urged the Government and society to "open our hearts and borders."

The archbishop said that was a "welcome but vague promise to allow in more desperate people fleeing chaos" but he said the Conservative leader "appeared to offer no hope to those who have already reached Europe".

In an article in The Herald newspaper he said the "poignant horror" of images of the three year old Syrian child Aylan Kurdi washed up dead on the shore of a Turkish beach had helped "bring our society to its senses".

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The archbishop stated: "In my view the refugees crisis is a test, not of political shrewdness, but of common humanity. What is happening in the Mediterranean, Calais and other access points is an affront to human dignity.

"The UK should be generous in providing a safe haven for refugees and asylum seekers; Britain's policy in the Mediterranean of rescue and deposit elsewhere is mean-spirited and unhelpful to the nations who are bearing the brunt of the migrations - especially Italy and Greece."

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