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Mobilise for action on unaccompanied refugee children: Immigration Bill moves to Report

The final day of Committee took place on 9 February and included discussion of the Lord Dubs amendment for the resettlement of 3,000 unaccompanied refugee children (which was supported by the Labour frontbench). The full debate is available here.

Report will begin on Wednesday 9 March and this is the stage when the Lords will vote on key amendments.  City of Sanctuary supporters are encouraged to contact any non Labour Lords to lobby for support for this amendment, which comes at a time that reports of 10,000 missing refugeee children across Europe – some of whom may have been trafficked into merciless exploitation.

Amendment 239: After Clause 43, insert the following new Clause—

Unaccompanied refugee children

(1) The Secretary of State must, as soon as possible, make arrangements to relocate 3,000 unaccompanied refugee children who are in European countries to the United Kingdom.

(2) The relocation of children under subsection (1) shall be in addition to the resettlement of children under the Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme.”

Lord Dubs (Lab): “My Lords, there are times when this country is faced with significant humanitarian challenges and this is one now. It comes not only from the refugee crisis throughout Europe but from the perilous position of unaccompanied children.

Before I proceed, perhaps I may thank the many NGOs, including ILPA, the Refugee Council, Save the Children, my right honourable friend Yvette Cooper—who chairs Labour’s refugee taskforce—and many others. I should declare an interest, as I came to this country as an unaccompanied refugee myself.”