Reader letter: We must take more Syrian refugees

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Why is the UK not taking more refugees?

It would help if the press made the distinction clear between asylum seekers (they are not refugees until they are granted asylum) and non asylum immigration.

Then maybe the public would not lump legitimate people in need of our

protection who are fleeing from the most horrific

situations with the influx of other immigration. The press needs to start to educate the public in the difference.

The public do not understand that asylum seekers get very little from public funds until they are granted asylum. This can take a long time. Maybe the press should be asking how many people who say they care would actually do anything to help e.g. provide accommodation if they have spare rooms etc. I would take a family.

Elaine Valentine

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