The scenes of displaced people who have risked their lives to seek refuge in Europe are truly heartbreaking.
We have a moral obligation to offer refuge to people fleeing conflict and persecution. We can and must do more; the UK Government's slow and limited response is simply not good enough.
There is a real need to develop a more co-operative approach and work effectively with our European partners in order to find long term solutions to the terrible situations we are witnessing.
The Scottish Government stands ready to play a full part in the humanitarian response to this tragedy. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon convened a humanitarian crisis summit with councils and humanitarian agencies and I was pleased to see other party leaders in Scotland attend.
The First Minister has also pledged that Scotland stands ready to offer sanctuary to refugees that need our help.
A website has been set up with further information for the many people who want to provide assistance,either practical or financial.
At Westminster I will work alongside my SNP colleagues to increase the pressure on the UK Government for a change in approach to this appalling tragedy, and for a more compassionate and progressive system of immigration and asylum.