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UK accepted 'about 1,500' asylum seekers from Syria, says Nick Clegg

The UK has accepted "about 1,500" asylum seekers from Syria, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has told MPs.

"We have accepted hundreds upon hundreds of individual asylum seekers from Syria, under our international asylum obligations," Mr Clegg added.

But Amnesty International criticised Mr Clegg for conflating asylum seekers who have made it to the UK with people in refugee camps in the Middle East.

Mr Clegg had been responding to Labour pressure to admit 400-500 refugees.