British Government closes the door to child refugees

By February 9, 2017Press release
Back of refugee boy's head as he sits in a park

Like many others, Refugee Action is dismayed that the Government is closing a scheme to protect unaccompanied child refugees in Europe.

Campaigners were expecting up to 3,000 vulnerable young people to be brought to Britain under the new legislation enacted in last year.

But the Government has announced that just 350 children will benefit, including 200 young refugees who have already arrived under section 67 of the Immigration Act, known as the Dubs amendment.

Stephen Hale, chief executive of Refugee Action, says:

“Britain is better than this. It’s terrible news that the Government is closing the door on unaccompanied child refugees in need of safety.

“Members of the public, charities and MPs of all parties overwhelmingly supported the Dubs amendment, aimed at protecting some of the world’s most vulnerable children.

“In the worst refugee crisis on record, our Government should be stepping up its commitment to all those fleeing conflict, terror and persecution.”

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