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Syrian refugees on the Isle of Man

Perspective

Sunday, December 15th, 2019 - 52 minutes

This week, Perspective took a look at what some might argue is proving to be one of the most divisive topics of the Quayle administration.

It’s a talking point that always garners an enormous amount of comment and debate on social media, on the airwaves, in the pub – and one that sparks strong opinions on both sides.

In the December sitting of Tynwald, Garff MHK Daphne Caine tried again to launch a feasibility study, about the prospect of resettling Syrian refugees here, following a petition from Ballakermeen students.

It was essentially a carbon copy of a debate from November 2018 - when Mrs Caine made her first attempt to set up a three-person committee to look into the pros and cons of accepting 25 refugees to Manx shores.

On both occasions, her efforts failed to gain the support of enough of her Tynwald colleagues.