Britain’s refugee policy leaves much to be desired when compared with most of Europe. Toxic attitudes to refugees and migrants across our country have steadily been on the rise since the Brexit referendum, while our European neighbours are putting us to shame in welcoming refugees in large numbers.
Nonetheless, when taken away from a global total of 6 million Syrian refugees – as well as 14 million from other countries – this is a pitifully small number of people for the world’s fifth largest economy to help. By contrast, Germany, with only a slightly larger population and economy than the UK, hosts 1.4 million refugees.
One of the main differences between Britain and its European neighbours is not only its attitude to welcoming refugees, but its culpability in creating them.
The UK’s ugly history of colonialism and its present foreign policy and arms trade have all been contributing factors as to why so many are fleeing their homelands in search of a better life.