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Refugee children need our help

17 February, 2017

• LESS than a year ago the government promised the UK would do its bit to help with the greatest refugee crisis Europe has faced for 70 years.

It is so heartbreaking that we now learn that the scheme will be closed long before it has done its job. In 2016, over 30,000 unaccompanied children arrived in Greece and Italy but the government has announced they will transfer a total of just 350 vulnerable children from Europe under the “Dubs” scheme before its end.

By the time it comes to an end, councils with responsibility for children in the UK will have taken an average of less than two of these children each. To claim this is all that can be managed insults councils.

On February 23 there will be a major debate in parliament on this issue and it’s up to every MP to make clear the government must do more for refugee children and that our communities stand ready to help. Write to your MP.

Director of Public Affairs Unicef UK 


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