Cameron, who is currently in Lisbon for talks with his Portuguese counterpart Pedro Passos Coelho, said more details would be set out next week following talks with organisations working in the region.

He may not be able to put a specific number on how many refugees the government is willing to take, but it is expected the government will make a statement on Monday when parliament returns after the summer recess, as media reported.

People selected to come to Britain are likely to be drawn from the UN Refugee Agency camps on the border of Syria and not from the French port town of Calais or other locations near the country.

Cameron reiterated that, since there are reportedly two million Syrian refugees in the Middle East, the ultimate answer does not lie in taking refugees but in finding a political solution within Syria.

Cameron's move followed France and Germany called on the European Union yesterday to force member countries to take obligatory quotas of refugees and asylum seekers.


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