Response to Government announcement on child refugees

The conditions for lone refugee children in the camps in Europe are appalling and dangerous. These vulnerable youngsters are forced to fend for themselves, reliant on hand outs from organisations like Help Refugees whilst at constant risk of sexual exploitation and trafficking. They are not safe.

We commend the government’s announcement that they will not stand in the way of the revised Dubs Amendment and will begin consultations with local authorities to determine the numbers of unaccompanied minors from Europe that can be brought to Britain.

We urge the government to act swiftly to help these children who remain at risk and to commit to offering sanctuary to a ‘fair proportion’ of the 95000 unaccompanied minors currently in Europe.

We call on the UNHCR to begin registration of the unaccompanied minors in the refugee camps in Northern France (Calais/Dunkirk), who in the absence of an official registration process will not be eligible for resettlement.

Alongside Citizens UK we also urge the public to now write to their local council asking them to sign up to play a part in the scheme to protect refugee children.

Full details of the Government’s Announcement:

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