Talking Point: Is 20,000 refugees over five years enough?

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Few MPs were wearing masks during the debate on Afghanistan (UK Parliament/Roger Harris) (PA Media)
Few MPs were wearing masks during the debate on Afghanistan (UK Parliament/Roger Harris) (PA Media)

Boris Johnson faced significant backlash today over his handling of the Afghanistan crisis, with Theresa May and MPs accusing him of showing insufficient support for refugees.

The debate came after the PM vowed to taken in 20,000 refugees - but crucially - only 5,000 in the first year and 20,000 over five years.

Johnson pledged not to deport people back to the “nightmare” of Afghanistan, telling the Commons: “We will not be sending people back to Afghanistan and nor, by the way, will we be allowing people to come from Afghanistan to this country in an indiscriminate way.”

But do you think 20,000 refugees over five years is doing enough to support people desperately seeking safety?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments to be featured on the ES website tomorrow.

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