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Syria Crisis: UK Looks At Taking Refugees
Britain is looking at allowing some Syrian refugees to come to the UK according to the Foreign Secretary William Hague.
Plans are being worked on by the Home Secretary Theresa May, details of which are due to be announced shortly said Mr Hague.
The Secretary of State said there is a case to help the most vulnerable people.
The Government has come under growing pressure from all sides to take in refugees, who have fled the bitter three-year civil war.
Prime Minister David Cameron has rejected Labour calls to sign up to the United Nations refugee sanctuary scheme, although accepting there were "very difficult cases of people who don't belong in refugee camps".
And Mr Cameron had indicated he was ready to take in some of the most vulnerable refugees from camps in and around Syria.
On Wednesday, an opposition vote in the Commons will call for Britain to sign up to the UN appeal for western countries to accept 30,000 of those displaced in the region.
Speaking on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show, Mr Hague insisted the PM did "open the door" to the possibility of Syrian refugees coming to the UK.
"I think there is a case for particularly helping people who are particularly vulnerable," he said..
"That's what the Home Secretary is working on - how we try to help people who actually might need to get away from that region altogether, who are particularly vulnerable to violence."
The Lib Dems say they have been "arguing for weeks" in government for the UK to take part in the UN scheme designed to help those in greatest need.
Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper said Mr Hague's comments indicated the Government is "inching forward" but warned against "a fudge".
"This is about sanctuary for those fleeing persecution, it's not about immigration policy or border control - and it is important that the Home Office doesn't confuse the two," she said.
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