Saj on the Refugee crisis: we will be bound by our own values.... and the moral responsibility we hold

"We will be bound by our own values and I believe European citizens today are wanting for us to react in a very generous way and in a way that recognises the rights of these refugees and indeed the moral responsibilities that we hold as well."

In a week that has been dominated by the refugee crisis, Sajjad has spoken out forcefully calling for  pan European involvement to address the immediate crisis with further international actions required to solve the long term issues in those countries where so many nationals are forced to take extreme actions to secure the lives of themselves and their families

Speaking on BBC Radio Cumbia on Friday he applauded Angela Merkel's courage in taking a lead in Europe when she confirmed that Germany would be accepting a large number of the migrants who had already made the treacherous journey from their homelands to European shores.

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Radio Cumbria

Within hours David Cameron confirmed that Britain would also be taking Syrian refugees from the Camps on the Syrian borders. This wise decision meant that families fleeing the civil war in Syria would not be forced to pay obscene sums of money to people traffickers, resulting in the high loss of life and the sort of tragic scenes we witnessed on a Turkish beach last week, but in fact have gone on for months.

As Sajjad travelled out to Strasbourg for the monthly Plenary week in the European Parliament, the French President's announced that France would take 24,000 migrants already on mainland Europe.

With our Prime Minister going on the confirm we would offer safety and shelter to 20,000 Syrian refugees and Germany confirming 800,000, as the week went on Saj conducted as number of interviews including Radio 5 Live on Tuesday night and The Victoria Derbyshire Show on BBC 2 on Wednesday morning.

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VD

Saj summarised his views on this humanitarian issue in a video produce by our ECR Group in the European Parliament, transcribed below:

"It is absolutely right that we as a continent and individual countries within the European Union pull together and make sure that we do the right thing by these refugees."We must make sure that we are able to distinguish between genuine refugees and others, and where there are genuine refugees we make sure that they are properly accommodated within are individual member states.

"It is essential that we send a very clear message, so that in years to come we look back at this time with a sense of pride that we did the right thing.

"Those that are seeking to try and divide us based upon religious identities must know that we are not going to fall into their trap and those that are trying to say that we should be following the lead of countries in the immediate neighbourhood who have decided to do nothing must know that we will not allow those countries that have a moral compass based upon still carrying out hangings, flogging people and not allowing women to even drive on their streets today, that we will not allow them to become our moral compass.

"We will be bound by our own values and I believe European citizens today are wanting for us to react in a very generous way and in a way that recognises the rights of these refugees and indeed the moral responsibilities that we hold as well."

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ECR video