Syrian refugees try to gain access to UK from Calais
23 December 2013 Last updated at 23:33 GMT
More than two million refugees have fled their homes in Syria since the civil war began but the European Union has only offered to take in 10,000.
The United Kingdom has offered financial aid to those displaced but is not accepting any refugees.
As Fergal Keane reports, there are many Syrian refugees willing to pay traffickers to gain access to the UK from Calais in France.