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.”
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