Elizabeth Adams, the Lib Dem Parliamentary Spokesperson for Stratford, has publicly called on Stratford’s Tory MP to back the UK taking in 3000 unaccompanied refugee children in Europe.
(Photo below: West Midlands Lib Dems supporting collection for refugee camp supplies.)
Elizabeth explained, “This figure equals out to just 5 children per constituency. As a mother of two young children, I can’t imagine the fear and trauma these children are going through. If I had the power to vote on this bill, I couldn’t rest with myself if I knew we weren’t doing all we could to help them."
Monday 25th April, 2016 will see a crucial vote in the House of Commons on the Immigration Bill. Elizabeth has contacted the Conservative MP, asking him to back the Alf Dubs amendment which will see the UK accept 3000 unaccompanied refugee children in Europe.
Elizabeth said, “Though they have made it to Europe they are by no means safe. These are people who are fleeing war and conflict alone and are the most vulnerable to exploitation, abuse and trafficking.
“We, as the UK have a proud history of taking in children fleeing persecution, as we did in the 1930’s to children fleeing Nazi Germany. I urge anyone who feels the same to write to the MP and make it clear that we want the UK to do the right thing again.
“I urge our MP to put aside party politics and vote with his conscience to support the amendment.”
50% of those surveyed by Save the Children have an STI. Many are stuck in camps with appalling conditions and 10 000 have already gone missing in Europe.
Tim Farron, the Leader of the Liberal Democrats added, “At the start of the year Europol, the EU crime agency, warned of gangs targeting child refugees. At least 10,000 children have disappeared after arriving in Europe. The true number is likely to be significantly higher.
“This presents an opportunity not only for the UK to live up to our values and principles but also to introduce changes to the current system that can benefit all asylum seeking children and our own children in care.”
Save the Children have been calling on the Government to take 3000 unaccompanied children since June last year. Following visits to both Calais and Lesbos, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron added his support to Save the Children’s campaign for the UK to resettle 3,000 unaccompanied refugee children who had arrived in Europe, the UK’s fair share.
Tim Farron hosted a cross-party roundtable which looked at how the Government and communities could welcome these children and what resources, support and tools are needed. The meeting was attended by over 20 experts and organisations working with refugees, vulnerable children and foster carers.
Details of the consultation, history of the campaign and policy can be found HERE