Shadow home secretary says net migration targets are causing government to take a ‘morally wrong’ approach to most vulnerable Syrians seeking refuge

Britain should revive the spirit of the Kindertransport, which saved thousands of children from the Nazis in the late 1930s, and allow more Syrian refugees to settle in Britain, the shadow home secretary, Yvette Cooper, has said.

The Labour leadership contender accused the government of turning its back on orphaned Syrian children and rape victims as she said that Britain needs to do more to respond to the “humanitarian catastrophe of our generation”.

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