U.K. offers asylum to Syrians among 'most vulnerable'

Jan 29, 2014, 6:54 AM EST
A Syrian woman from the city of Damascus begs with her daughter in a wealthy district of Beirut on November 16, 2013 in Beirut, Lebanon.
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Some of the "most vulnerable" Syrian refugees will be temporarily resettled in the U.K., Deputy P.M. Nick Clegg says. He said girls and women who had been victims of or were at risk of sexual violence, torture victims, and elderly and disabled people would get priority. This meant the coalition was ensuring Britain's "long and proud tradition of providing refuge" lived on, he said. The government expects the number of refugees accepted to be in the hundreds but has not set a specific target.
Background:
U.K. to take in 'hundreds' of Syrians [BBC]
U.K. agrees to take up to 500 of the most traumatized Syrian refugees [The Guardian]
Activist says international aid not always reaching Syrian refugees [Al Arabiya]

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