The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) is urging MPs to support an amendment to the Brexit Bill* which would continue current EU policy to allow child refugees the right to be reunited with family members already in the UK.
The amendment has been campaigned for by Lord Alfred Dubs, who was himself a former child refugee, and will be voted on Wednesday.
Roz Foyer, STUC General Secretary, stated,
“Refugees need our support and solidarity. Thousands of unaccompanied child refugees are stuck in appalling conditions in refugee camps in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. They are highly vulnerable to exploitation and in any just and compassionate society, we would be ensuring that they can be safely reunited with family and able to rebuild their lives and enjoy their childhood.
“In 1937 and 1938-39, at a time when Britain was less wealthy than it is today, the Conservative Government allowed 4,000 Basque child refugees escaping Franco, and then 10,000 Kindertransport children from Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia into the UK.
“It is shameful that the Home Office continues to block attempts by Scottish Local Authorities, including Dumfries & Galloway and West Dunbartonshire Councils, to find places in families for 1,400 unaccompanied child refugees.
“We urge all MPs to reflect our values by supporting Lord Dubs’ amendment. Standing up for refugee children in Wednesday’s vote will be a test of this country’s humanity.”
*Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill
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