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Europe's Migration Crisis

By 2020, the U.K. will accept 20,000 Syrian refugees

British Prime Minister David Cameron announced Monday that over the next five years, up to 20,000 Syrian refugees will be resettled in the U.K.

"In doing so, we will continue to show the world that this country is a country of extra compassion, always standing up for our values and helping those in need," he told Parliament. Cameron said it was a "moral responsibility" to not only resettle refugees living in camps in Syria, Turkey, and Jordan, but also to help end fighting in Syria. By taking refugees from the camps directly, it provides them a "more direct and safe route to the U.K. rather than risking the hazardous journey to Europe which has tragically cost so many lives." Earlier Monday, the EU said Germany would accept 40,000 refugees and France 30,000 under a quota system to relocate 160,000 migrants in Hungary, Italy, and Greece.

Cameron also told Parliament that last month, a drone strike in Syria killed a British citizen thought to be planning terrorist attacks in the UK, the BBC reports.