The U.K. will take in up to 20,000 Syrian refugees over the next five years, British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Monday, as pressure mounts on governments across Europe to respond to the massive influx of migrants and refugees.
"We are proposing that Britain should resettle up to 20,000 Syrian refugees over the rest of this parliament. In doing so, we will continue to show the world that this country is a country of extraordinary compassion," Cameron said in a statement to parliament on Monday afternoon.
Cameron and other leaders were pushed into action after the harrowing image of a Syrian toddler's body on a Turkish beach caused an outcry across Europe, with the public calling for further action and humanitarian aid to be distributed among refugees fleeing civil war in the Middle East.
However, the issue remains highly contentious with many opposed to rising immigration, in general, and against taking in more refugees.