UK POLITICIAN DETERMINED TO SOLVE REFUGEE CRISIS
UK Shadow Immigration Minister and Labour MP Mr Afzal Khan, urged the international committees to work together towards solving Syrian refugee crisis.
By Sheni Hamid
After spending the first week of the new year visiting Lebanon’s refugee camps, UK Shadow Immigration Minister Mr Khan, urged the international community to work together towards managing global refugee crisis.
The Shadow Immigration Minister, during his trip to Lebanon has met with various government officials, including the Deputy Prime Minister, Ghassan Hasbani, the UNHCR, NGOs working with refugee families and the Archbishop John Issam Darwish from the Zahle and Bekaa valley.
Thanking to his accompanying committee members Katharine Thane, Operations Director of the APPG on Freedom of Religion or Belief, and Neville Kyrk-Smith, Director of Aid to the Church in Need, the hardworking British Politician Mr Afzal Khan, once more expressed his concerns towards fast growing global refugee crisis.
The highly respected British Politician Mr Afzal Khan stated that ‘As Shadow Immigration Minister I was interested to see the refugee and humanitarian crisis in Lebanon and how the status quo in Syria has forced so many to seek refuge in neighbouring Lebanon. I was shocked to learn that 1 in 4 people are refugees in Lebanon. The conditions of the camps were truly upsetting. I was so touched to see despite the hardships they have endured, their spirits were not broken.'
Adding to his statements, the Shadow Immigration Minister Afzal Khan, once more reminded to everyone that ‘The situation in Lebanon is currently very fragile, economically it is weak and the refugee crisis only places additional pressure on public services. DFID needs to ensure that funding reaches the most vulnerable and this will only be achieved if they are in contact with all refugee communities. The refugee situation in Lebanon is a reminder of how important it is to restore peace in Syria to ensure the safe return of refugees.'
With his dedication towards solving this problem UK’s Shadow Minister Khan, in November 2018 has also visited Syrian refugee camps in Turkey, then meeting the Turkish government officials in order to discuss the best resolutions for Syrian refugee crisis.
Representing North West England as Member of the European Parliament (2014–2017) Mr Khan was also the youngest, first British Pakistani and Muslim, Lord Mayor of Manchester (2005–2006). The hardworking politician, in January 2016 was appointed by the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament as Special Representative to Muslim Communities.
UK Shadow Immigration Minister Afzal Khan, after his recent visits to refugee camps, both in Turkey and Lebanon, has once more reminded everyone that ‘to end this global problem, all international communities have to work together determinedly’.