Benedict Cumberbatch Wants to Speak to Theresa May About Refugees

Benedict Cumberbatch Appears in Video
Benedict Cumberbatch appears in a short film to raise money for children affected by the refugee crisis on behalf of charity Save the Children.  Youtube.com

British actor Benedict Cumberbatch has said that he wants to "sit down" with British Home Secretary Theresa May to discuss the U.K.'s response to the refugee crisis, Sky News reported.

Cumberbatch, the star of TV series Sherlock and the West End production of Hamlet recently appeared in a fundraising video for the charity Save the Children on behalf of refugees affected by the crisis.

Cumberbatch told Sky News that the U.K. is "not doing enough" to support refugees. British Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged that Britain will take in 20,000 Syrian refugees over the next five years.

At a Conservative party conference last week, May said that the economic benefit of high immigration "is close to zero"—a position questioned by some analysts.

"I'd like to sit down with Theresa May and get a full understanding of how her political economic model works, of structuring an argument that there is virtually a zero degree of financial benefit from an immigrant population," said Cumberbatch.

Cumberbatch also pointed out that the U.K.'s pledge pales in comparison to the situation in refugee hotspots such as the Greek island of Lesbos, where he said "5,000 people a day" are arriving. "So to say 20,000 over five years when 5,000 are arriving in one day on one island? We've all got to wake up," said the actor.