Molly Scott Cato MEP and Green Party leader Natalie Bennett will visit the Bristol Refugee Rights’ Welcome Centre this Thursday to reaffirm their commitment to making refugees welcome in the UK. The Centre offers refugees and asylum seekers a safe space to meet and provides practical support ranging from food and clothing to referrals and English classes. Molly Scott Cato said:
“I am looking forward to finding out more about how Bristol welcomes and supports refugees and asylum seekers. With Europe facing its greatest migration crisis in 70 years, the only acceptable response is one of compassion. The UK Government should follow the example of its many compassionate citizens and councils who want to offer sanctuary to those fleeing the most appalling situations. Bristol councillors have set a great example, with a cross-party motion calling on the Council to commit to host 50 refugees fleeing conflict” .
Greens in Europe have called on European countries to co-operate in accepting refugees and in finding them safe routes to asylum. Both the European Commission and European Parliament are agreed on the need for fixed quotas for member states, but some member states including the UK, have blocked such action. Dr Scott Cato said:
“Cameron must stop hiding behind immigration opt-outs and cooperate with other EU countries in the resettlement of refugees, especially as Britain’s foreign policy has exacerbated this crisis through its involvement in wars and supplying of arms. Our role should be to support UN efforts in bringing about strong governments in the region, not taking the misguided ‘coalition of the willing’ route and running a foreign policy based on self-interest and the demands of the oil and arms industries.”
See full response from Molly Scott Cato MEP to South West constituents who have raised concerns about Europe’s refugee crisis.