Posted: Fri 14th Oct 2016

First Minister calls for urgent action for more action to resettle more refugee children in the UK

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Friday, Oct 14th, 2016

First Minister Carwyn Jones and members of the Welsh charity sector have called on the Prime Minister take urgent action to resettle more refugee children in the UK.

The French Government is set to demolish the ‘jungle’ camp in Calais,  Mr Jones called on Theresa May to allow all refugee children with a legal right to be in the UK into the country with the ‘utmost urgency’

The joint statement says:

[miptheme_quote author=”Joint StatmentL First Minister Carwyn Jones Kirsty Davies-Warner – Head of Oxfam Cymru Mary Powell-Chandler – Head of Save the Children in Wales Huw Thomas – Head of Christian Aid Wales Jim Barnaville – Co-Chair for Citizens Cymru Wales” style=”boxquote text-left”]The children in the camp, some of whom have been as young as eight years old, have fled conflict and persecution and are now stuck in northern France, deeply traumatised and at considerable risk. During the last demolition of refugee camps at Calais, the charity Help Refugees reported that 129 children went missing. Other reports suggest that three children have died trying to make their own way to the UK to reach their relatives here. The situation demands immediate UK Government action. We cannot fail these children. Every extra day we take places these children at greater risk. On Monday, the Home Secretary announced that she is working with the French Government to quickly resettle those children who have a legal right to be in the UK under the Dublin Regulations. This is welcome. However, the UK has committed to taking more child refugees as part of the process laid out in the Dubs Amendment to the Immigration Act (2016), and it is vital that we welcome as many of these children as possible. Last month the Anti-Slavery Commissioner confirmed that a lack of faith in resettlement processes was a contributing factor pushing unaccompanied refugee children in Calais to risk their lives attempting to get to the UK and exposing themselves to modern slavery and exploitation. We welcome the commitment in line with the Dublin Regulations but call on the Prime Minister to do more for the sake of these children. Wales is ready to support the UK Government in welcoming more vulnerable children as refugees via the Dubs Amendment.[/miptheme_quote]

 

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