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Britain should take in more refugees from the Syrian war to ease the mounting humanitarian crisis in the region, campaigners urged.

The Refugee Council, Refugee Action, and the Scottish and Welsh Refugee Councils urged David Cameron to establish a “substantial and co-ordinated resettlement programme”.

Germany has arranged to take in 5,000 Syrians, including women at risk, people with serious medical conditions and others with special needs – and granted them the right to work for two years.

The groups want the British Government to put in place a similar arrangement to ease the pressure on Syria’s neighbours and set an example to other European countries to do the same.

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