Colin Firth and Emma Thompson, a Refugee Council patron, have called for the UK to offer a safe haven to Syrian refugees

Emma Thompson and Colin Firth call for UK to offer Syrian refugees a safe haven

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People gather at camp for internally displaced persons who have fled chaos in the Central African Republic.

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Palestinian women pass the body of one of the victims of the massacres in the Palestinian refugee camp of Sabra

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Asylum seekers are being crammed into overcrowded and substandard accommodation by G4S and Serco, according to a watchdog.

Picture from 2005; according to the Refugee Council some young asylum-seekers are being held in adult detention for weeks before authorities decide they are in fact children

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Young asylum-seekers sharing a room with adults are at risk of abuse

Australian Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Scott Morrison was sent tampons and sanitary pads by an Australian feminist group.

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UKIP leader Nigel Farage has called on the Government to start allowing Syrian refugees into the country

Nigel Farage calls on Government to let Syrian refugees into UK

UKIP leader said those displaced by conflict are in a very different position to economic migrants

The Refugee Council has said only about 0.1 per cent of Syrians fleeing the violence had found safety in the UK

Former Liberal Democrat leader Sir Menzies Campbell joins Labour in condemning UK for turning its back on Syria's refugees

The Government’s position has been criticised by aid agencies who said it was akin to stating that “there’s no room at the inn”

Immigration policy has been a source of tension in the Coalition

UN attacks Government's Immigration Bill for risking culture of 'ethnic profiling'

The United Nations refugee agency is warning that planned immigration laws could create a climate of “ethnic profiling” and stigmatise refugees and asylum seekers in the UK.

Migrants eat their evening meal at a centre run by volunteers in Calais. France has pledged to take 500 Syrian refugees

'No room at the inn': Britain condemned for turning its back on Syria's refugees

Aid agencies join Labour in demanding Coalition show support for victims of civil war as policy defies UN appeal and distances Britain from 16 leading nations

Pope Francis gives Christmas presents to 2,000 immigrants

Pope had gift packages delivered to the Dono di Maria homeless shelter in Rome

Rochdale sex abuse: Police apologise for failures as five men are sentenced for exploitation of 15-year-old girl

One offender was first interviewed in 2008 over rape claims but was released without charge

Britain should 'hang its head in shame' for failing Syrian refugees, says Amnesty International

UK is one of a number of EU countries who have offered no resettlement or humanitarian places, charity says

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A mystery teenager who turned up in Coventry not knowing his own name, age or nationality might just as well have "fallen out of the sky", a charity has said.

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