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Comment: Refugees plan needs rethink
ALL democratic nations have a duty to take in a fair percentage of men, women and children forced to flee their own countries because they face torture or death.
You cannot reject those persecuted simply because of something like their politics, race or religion.
But there needs to be a commonsense way of working out where to resettle people so their needs are met without causing real problems to the host community.
That means numbers have to be right – and 700 is a lot for a town like Blackburn.
The council quickly realised that fact ten years ago and has been working with a maximum of 350 asylum seekers in the borough.
Now the government has handed responsibility to a company, Serco, who are to double the ceiling.
Locally, Labour and Conservative leaders are united in opposing the move because they believe 700 is too many for one borough to handle.
The government and Serco should listen to their worries and perhaps disperse refugees across East Lancashire rather than merely concentrate them in Blackburn and Darwen.
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