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Oxfam launches new appeal to aid refugees

Would you risk a dangerous journey in an overcrowded boat or stay and take your chances in a raging conflict? This is the dilemma facing families crossing the Mediterranean.

On a cold November morning on the foreshore of Belfast Lough we displayed dozens of life-jackets used by people who made this journey in 2016 - not all of whom made it.

In 2016, 100,000 of the world's refugees were children travelling alone.

Due to the continued urgent needs we have launched a New Year refugee appeal online and in our shops to support this vital work in 2017.

We need the UK Government to be a leader in discussions at the European and global level. We also need to expand safe and legal routes to Europe with a fair and transparent asylum system.

JIM CLARKEN

Chief executive, Oxfam Ireland

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