The UK Government has allocated an additional £100m in humanitarian aid to provide resettlement to thousands of Syrian refugees who fled from their home country due to conflict or civil war.

The country has so far provided shelter to more than 5,000 Syrians.

During the first six months of this year, more than 220,000 people were found crossing the Mediterranean to Europe.

"Britain has a moral responsibility to help these refugees as we have done throughout our history."

Over 150,000 have crossed the Eastern Mediterranean route from Turkey with the majority of these being Syrians.

The conflict in Syria has so far killed more than 220,000, and forced over 11 million to flee their homes.

UK Prime Minister David Cameron said: "Britain has a moral responsibility to help these refugees as we have done throughout our history.

"We will work with NGOs and partners on the detail of these schemes and we will set out further details next week."

Of the latest funding, £60m will be used to help refugees still in Syria and the remaining will go to the Syrian migrants in neighbouring countries, including Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon.

Cameron added: "We are providing intelligence support to the EU operation in the Mediterranean and we are deploying officers from our National Crime Agency to Africa to identify what more we can to do to stop people being exploited by these traffickers in the first place."

Since 2012, the UK has allocated £900m to help vulnerable people in Syria, and refugees in the region.

Earlier this year, the European Council launched a European Union (EU) naval operation to tackle human traffickers in the Mediterranean.

The Eunavfor Med mission is designed to identify, capture and dispose of vessels and assets belonging to migrant smugglers, in compliance with international laws, including humanitarian and refugee law, and human rights.