We will not take in Syrian refugees

By Adrian Darbyshire in Politics

The island won’t take in vulnerable Syrian refugees under the UK’s resettlement scheme.

That’s the outcome of a review of the support offered by the island after Chief Minister Howard Quayle was presented with a petition with more than 1,000 signatures.

Instead, an additional £973,000 will be allocated from the island’s international development budget to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR).

This will take the total provided by the Isle of Man to £1.5 million since the conflict began.

Mr Quayle said: ’The Council of Ministers believes the Isle of Man can offer more effective support to a greater number of people by directing funds to the UN High Commission for Refugees.’

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Learn from others · 1 hr ago · Report

Learn from the Scandinavian countries, how NOT to do it. Sweden for example. If you take the cost to handle all migrants in Sweden it is in the level of all refuge costs in all UN refugee camps. One (1) refugee in Sweden cost the same as helping 200 refugees in UN camps.

Maggy · 15 hrs ago · Report

We need them. Missed opportunity. Shame.

ET · 1 days ago · Report

Imber is perfectly correct. Such a donation as against the scale of the problem is nothing more than an apology intended to be noticed. It's political, not humanitarian, and certainly, in the circumstances surrounding the island's economic situation could have been put towards better use. Human misery isn't a game you purchase a ticket for the purpose of keeping pace with the pack.

Clock Weights · 1 days ago · Report

Well, it was the only sensible decision that could be made. Accepting refugees in the Isle of Man would be absolute stupidity! I'm puzzled as to why we are now giving a further £973,000 away when surely this could be far better spent supporting vital services on the Island, benefitting the Manx people. I suppose we should just be thankful that we don't have another spare Fisheries Protection vessel to give away!!

Grumpy Old Man · 1 days ago · Report

How come a few MHKs have the right to sign-off £1 million pounds without Tynwald signing it off?

John · 1 days ago · Report

The right decision. Hans Rosling and others has shown that the best way to help is to help locally rather than taking on refugees, which is fully logical, but the good-doers want to act on emotion despite it being counterproductive. Just think about it: how XXXX GBP can help them here vs how much it can help locally instead (and actually reach the ones that really need it; the ones that can't buy a ticket to get away).

imber · 1 days ago · Report

This does not sit well.Won't this just be interpreted as paying to keep refugees out?

Billding · 1 days ago · Report

Good.

Modern Democracy · 1 days ago · Report

Big Howards usual approach to any problem - use other peoples money to solve it!

Donald Juan Trump · 1 days ago · Report

The correct decision!

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