REFUGEE FAMILY REUNION BILL

We believe that families should be together

The UK’s restrictive laws on refugee family reunion are keeping families, who have fled war and persecution, apart.

Adult refugees are only allowed to sponsor their partners, or children under 18, to join them. They cannot bring elderly relatives to live with them in safety, nor can they reunite with their 19 or 20 year old children. What’s more, refugee children already in the UK have no right to sponsor their family members’ safe passage, and are therefore forced to live apart from their parents.

On 16 March 2018, 131 MPs voted in favour of the Refugee Family Reunion Bill which aims to allow refugees in the UK to be joined by their close family. With the support of Angus Maeil MP and the #FamiliesTogether coalition, the Bill called for:

– Child refugees in the UK to have the right to sponsor their close family members’ safe passage;
– An expansion of who qualifies as a family, so that young people who have turned 18 and elderly parents can live in safety with their family members in the UK; and
– The reintroduction of legal aid for family reunion cases, so that refugees have the support they need to navigate the complicated process of being reunited with their families.

This was the right thing to do. Easing the restrictive rules will help some of those forced to flee due to the global refugee crisis. They have lost their homes, been separated from their families and all that they know.

Mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters who have been torn apart, lost everything and experienced so much, deserve a chance to rebuild their lives and have safe, happy futures together.

There’s still a lot more to be done an we will call upon our supporters again soon. If you have any further questions, please email amelia@helprefugees.org and she’ll be happy to help.

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