We welcome the Government’s confirmation today that they will bring 3,000 vulnerable child refugees from refugee camps in the Middle East and North Africa by 2020.
However, this position was first announced on January 28th and still offers nothing to the 95,000 unaccompanied children who need protection within Europe, other than what the Government is legally bound to do under International Regulations.
This was not enough for the House of Lords who voted in favour of the amendment to the Immigration Bill by Lord Alf Dubs (himself a child refugee who came to Britain on the Kindertransport from Germany in World War Two) to bring 3,000 unaccompanied children to Britain from within Europe. This is not enough for us.
The Dubs amendment will be voted on in the Commons next Monday, the 25th April. The announcement today should not detract from this vote, nor from the urgent needs of these vulnerable children at risk of being exploited, trafficked, abused or worse. Europol have stated that 10,000 unaccompanied refugee children are already missing in Europe. Since the recent demolitions in Calais, a census by Help Refugees revealed that the whereabouts of 129 unaccompanied minors were completely unknown.
We urge MP’s to vote in favour of the Dubs Amendment. We have a moral duty to offer sanctuary and protection to these children and offer them a real chance at life.
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