Cameron set to announce UK plans to take in more refugees

No specific figure has been agreed, but Cameron has previously said the UK would continue to take in "thousands".

David Cameron is expected to announce plans later to increase the number of refugees being allowed into the UK.

The extra refugees are expected to come from UN camps bordering Syria, and not from among people already in Europe.

No specific figure has been agreed, but Cameron has previously said the UK would continue to take in "thousands".

The PM, who has faced growing pressure to do more to address the crisis, is likely to make an announcement in Spain after talks with fellow leaders.

He is meeting his Portuguese and Spanish counterparts for talks that had been intended to focus on his desire for EU reform, but which will be overshadowed by the migrant crisis.

Cameron said on Thursday that as a father he felt "deeply moved" by the image of Aylan Kurdi, the young refugee whose body washed up on a Turkish beach after a failed attempt to reach Greece by boat, but said that taking on more people was not the simple answer.

He seems to have been swayed however by pressure from both public and political figures, including Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Former Labour Home Secretary David Blunkett and a petition calling for the UK to accept more refugees, with almost 350,000 signatures.

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