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Campaigner claims Syrian refugee review is nonsensical

Wed, 01 Feb 2017

Anthony Webber campaigns on issues affecting the Crown Dependencies.
Anthony Webber campaigns on issues affecting the Crown Dependencies.

A Crown Dependencies campaigner says the Manx Government's decision to review its position on Syrian refugees is nonsensical.

Anthony Webber - who is a former member of Guernsey's parliament - believes the Crown Dependencies are not suitable to take in those fleeing from the war zone, and that there are other ways the Government can help the crisis.

Mr Webber is calling for Chief Minister Howard Quayle to visit Syria to see what those affected by the ongoing issues in the country want, and provide funds to help rebuild areas destroyed by the troubles.

The campaigner also suggests the Isle of Man could twin with an area or town in the country to provide support.

Mr Quayle confirmed that the Council of Ministers will look at whether the Island could take in refugees after receiving a petition with over 1,000 signatures asking the Government to join the UK's Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme.

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