Barbara Keeley MP

LABOUR MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT FOR WORSLEY AND ECCLES SOUTH

Refugee Crisis

Our country has a proud history of helping those fleeing conflict and persecution and, as we face the biggest humanitarian crisis since the Second World War it is right that we continue to play our part.

I acknowledge the Government's work in helping those refugees who have stayed in camps in the region, but I believe that there is more we could do to reunite refugees with family in the UK and to help unaccompanied children in Europe.

I am very disappointed that the Government recently announced the Dubs scheme will end after resettling only 350 unaccompanied children. 350 children is far short of what was expected when Parliament debated and accepted the Dubs amendment last year the frequently mentioned number was 3,000.

Unaccompanied child refugees are highly vulnerable to trafficking, sexual exploitation and other forms of abuse. I am therefore of the view that the Government should recommit to meeting the obligations of the Dubs amendment, restore this scheme, and accept some of the most vulnerable children in the world.

I also believe it is important that we continue to meet our obligations under the Dublin Regulation for reuniting families.

As this crisis continues the Government must fulfil not only its legal but also its moral obligations. I will continue to follow this matter very carefully and press the Government on the UK's response.

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