Child Refugees

9th February 2017

My statement following the Government’s decision to effectively limit the number of child refugees resettled from Europe to 350 under the “Dubs” amendment:

“I am deeply disappointed that both the Government and local councils have shut the door to more “Dubs” child refugees. This was not what Parliament intended. It looks like they have cut and run from child refugees. Our legal and moral obligation to child refugees has not been fulfilled. The Government need to keep the door open to lone child refugees in Europe particularly with family in UK, and help keep others safe from slavery. Local Councils need to work with the local community who want to find ways to provide more places for vulnerable child refugees.”

I recognise that the Government has made good efforts to support refugees. The UK has resettled over 4400 individuals through the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement scheme so far; last year transferred over 900 asylum seeking children to the UK from Europe; established the £10 million Refugee Children’s Fund to support the needs of vulnerable refugee children arriving in Europe; committed to resettle 3000 children at risk from the MENA region, and has pledged over £2.3 billion in aid to Syria and the region. However, as the Home Secretary reminded us at the Conservative Party Conference, compassion does not have borders, and Parliament last May did not intend to set a time limit on our compassion for vulnerable child refugees in Europe.”

| My article for the Enfield Advertiser

Easter Newsletter

Apart from Cadbury's most people recognise Easter, particularly Christians as we remember the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. A dedicated holiday on Good Friday highlights our enduring Christian heritage. As for me I will have contrasting experiences of Easter. On Good Friday I will attend the Greek Orthodox service at St Demetrios Church and join with many hundred in procession around the church. On Saturday 22nd April at 7.30pm I will be taking part in a dramatic presentation at my church in Enfield (www.eefc.net) donning a wig and gown as a Defence Counsel in a case about the evidence for the Resurrection entitled 'Who moved the stone?'

I recognise my Jewish constituents are also celebrating a most significant time in their calendar remembering the Passover. For others it is simply a time to be with the family and eat lots of chocolate! However you will be celebrating Easter, I send you my best wishes.

David Burrowes MP

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