Statement on unaccompanied child refugees – 25th April 2016

by Liam Byrne | 25.04.16 | in: Communities, Families and children, Foreign Policy, Immigration, National news, Uncategorized, Young people

 

Liam Byrne today urged MP’s to support the ‘Dubs amendment’ to require the government to reach out and support 3,000 unaccompanied child refugees.

 

The Hodge Hill MP has been highlighting the plight of unaccompanied child refugees in Parliament and in the Council of Europe. He recently challenged the Prime Minister on the issue of child refugees stranded in Calais with parents in Britain. David Cameron said he had discussed the issue with President Hollande of France, and agreed more needed to be done.

 

Speaking today, Liam Byrne said:

 

“Our compassion is what makes Britain great. Today, we need  live up to our promises to children fleeing war and demand the Government reaches out to save 3,000 unaccompanied refugee children, left on their own in Europe.  

 

‘I am proud of my constituents who have gone to Calais and Greece, to deliver aid directly to those in need. They’ve told me powerful stories about children fleeing war zones, stranded alone – with parents in Britain. This is bureaucracy gone mad. We’ve got to break the logjam and do our bit for some of the most desperate children on the planet, stranded on our doorstep.”

 

ENDS

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