The committee received evidence from Freedom from Torture, a registered charity dedicated to the treatment and rehabilitation of survivors of torture who seek refuge in the UK.
In a statement the charity, however, said it was concerned refugees were not receiving the care they need to recover from their traumatic experiences during Syria’s brutal civil war.
They can damned well get in line! Nor are many who are born here.
The report from the PAC also raises doubts over a pledge by the former Prime Minister David Cameron – in response to the humanitarian crisis in the region during the summer of 2015 – to resettle 20,000 Syrian refuges (Ed: sic….I hope!) in Britain by the end of the decade through the Syrian Vulnerable Person Resettlement programme
Despite a concerted effort to resettle 1,000 refugees before Christmas in 2015, the report adds: “Meeting the overall the target, to resettle 20,000 of the most vulnerable Syrian refugees in the UK by May 2020, remains a significant challenge.”
Refugee Council director of advocacy Lisa Doyle said: “The Government’s target of resettling 20,000 people is more than achievable and local communities and charities like the Refugee Council are standing ready to help.
“What’s needed now is an acknowledgement that the global refugee crisis isn’t going away any time soon and that a longer-term strategy for refugee resettlement is needed which clearly outlines roles, responsibilities, resources and an ambitious plan for welcoming refugees beyond 2020.”
Translation: “We want jobs for life.”