KEEP REUNITING REFUGEE CHILDREN WITH THEIR FAMILIES AFTER BREXIT
Please urgently ask your MP to vote for family reunification for lone refugee children to be protected in law after Brexit.
Right now, there are refugee children as young as eight years old who are on their own without adult protection, sleeping rough or surviving in rat-infested refugee camps, who could be living safely with family here in the UK.
These children have the right to family reunification, but currently the government is trying to use the ‘Brexit Bill’ to scrap that legislation.
The Bill is now with the Lords, who are likely to return it to the Commons to be voted on again by Wednesday 22 January.
We have less than a week to tell our MPs that there is no moral justification for depriving children of their families and putting them in further danger.
Use the template letter below or write your own.
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Template MP letter
I am writing to urge you as my MP to ensure that the right of unaccompanied child refugees in Europe to be reunited with family members here in the UK is protected in law as part of the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill.
Right now, there are refugee children as young as eight years old who are on their own without adult protection, sleeping rough or surviving in rat-infested refugee camps, desperately vulnerable to abuse and exploitation. Under existing EU law, where these children have family members in the UK, they have the right to family reunification – a lifeline to safety and for many children their only hope.
Without family reunion, many children could be left with no other option but to turn to smugglers and take dangerous routes to reach their families. In 2018, the Government recognised the humanitarian need for family reunification to continue after Brexit, and committed to negotiating this as part of the Withdrawal Agreement. It is unclear why the current Government is now going back on that pledge. The Government now says that family reunification does not need to be written into law and should not be included in this piece of legislation. But there is no moral justification for weakening the protections around some of the most vulnerable people on the planet.
The Lords are likely to return the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill to the Commons with an amendment protecting family reunification for unaccompanied refugee children in law after Brexit.
I urge you in the strongest terms to vote to support this amendment, and to do everything in your power as my elected representative to ensure that lone refugee children’s right to family reunification is enshrined in law.
Spread the word
Use this text to get your family and friends on board:
Time is running out. We have to protect a vital route to safety for lone refugee children. Please tell your MP that family reunification must to be protected in law after Brexit: https://helprefugees.org/take-action
We can’t leave lone refugee children out in the cold. Take action: tell your MP that family reunification must to be protected in law after Brexit: https://helprefugees.org/take-action
The UK Government is trying to get rid of one of the few routes to safety for lone refugee children. We have to oppose this. Tell your MP that family reunification must be protected in law after Brexit: https://helprefugees.org/take-action