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Problem of lone refugee children in EU "is getting worse" - Save the Children

Save the Children

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Save the Children's response to MPs vote on the Lord Dubs amendment on unaccompanied children calling it "deeply disappointing".


Kirsty McNeill, Director of Advocacy and Campaigns at Save the Children, said: “Today’s narrow vote by MPs not to offer sanctuary to 3,000 lone refugee children who are already in Europe is deeply disappointing. Tonight, across Europe, thousands of these children are alone and frightened as they go to sleep on roadsides, in police cells and in informal camps. Some are as young as ten and many of them have fled war and persecution to seek refuge in Europe – they need our help.

“This problem isn’t going away, it is getting worse. The government has not yet responded to the groundswell of public support and MPs of all parties who have called for the UK to offer safety to lone children in Europe. As this legislation returns to the House of Lords, parliament still has a chance to live up to Britain’s proud history of reaching out a hand to the most vulnerable children who need our help.”

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