A new UK asylum strategy must treat every asylum seeker on their merits, and ensure that Britain plays its full part in a humane international response to the global refugee crisis. We need early confirmation of both. The Prime Minister is fond of saying that Britain should use 'head and heart' to shape our refugee policy. We agree. There is no place for scare-mongering, or arbitrary limits on our compassion.
Throughout the horrors of bodies found in a lorry in Austria and the drowning of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi, the reporting and focus on Europe's migrant crisis has been unwavering. Certainly, the fact that this crisis is taking place so close to home justifies the sustained debate, but it doesn't explain the tone.
Yet again, the Principles have proved their worth. In Vienna this week, we will gather to mark 50 years since their creation . This summer has shown us that whether people's crises spring from migration, conflict, natural disaster or any other emergency, these seven simple but brilliant tools are as powerful today as they were in 1965.
Theresa May's speech yesterday at Conservative Party Conference should be seen as a chilling warning to those who hoped for a humane response to Europe's refugee crisis. Boldly declaring that high migration was a challenge to "societal cohesion" Theresa seems ever more willing to adopt both the rhetoric and policy of Farage and his purple agitators.
I ask a group of children what they want to be when they grow up. Half raise their hands to be teachers, the rest want to be doctors and engineers. These children are the future. Despite all the challenges, all my visits to the Middle East have been inspiring. As the Palestinian poet, Mahmoud Darwish said, "on this land, we have what makes life worth living." The world failed Aylan. Can we help Amal make her life better?
In Europe, there are attempts to remove even the humanitarian framing - identifying hundreds of thousands of people as migrants who simply want to come to take our jobs, rather than as those who are in desperate need of protection and other assistance. This is a dramatic failure of responsibility at all levels of political leadership.
The tragic conflict in Syria and the resulting refugee crisis has culminated in the now sadly iconic image of Aylan Kurdi on the beach in Bodrum. It has caused much soul searching; for individuals, communities, and nations, about how best to support the millions of people desperately searching for safety.