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Celebrities urge action to reunite refugees

By Sally Wardle

Mark Rylance, Jude Law and Paloma Faith are among more than 90 stars urging David Cameron to step up the Government's commitment to reunite refugees stranded across Europe with their families in the UK.

The plea, in an open letter signed by leading figures from the worlds of arts and business, wants Britain to "step up and do more" to help "vulnerable refugees".

It comes ahead of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees meeting on Syrian refugees, which will be held in Geneva on Wednesday.

Campaigners hope the Government will seize the "unique opportunity to do more by expanding the rules around family reunion".

The letter, backed by charities Refugee Action and Citizens UK, recognises the "substantial aid" being used to help Syrian refugees, but says "as the crisis grows, so too must our response".

It says: "Many organisations and public figures have stepped up to help protect children in Calais, but across Europe thousands of refugee children are still stranded without hope or support.

"We are seeing the reality of this human crisis play out on our TV screens week after week. Families are desperate to reach their loved ones. Traumatised children have no one to protect them."

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