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Report on the Impact of Family Separation on Child Refugees in the UK

Amnesty International UK, Refugee Council and Save the Children have recently issued a report, Without my Family – a piece of research on the impact of family separation on child refugees in the UK.  Based on in-depth interviews with children and young people affected by the UK government policy on refugee family reunion, and the officials who work with them, the report shows how this policy is harming them and denying them the fundamental right of being with their family. None of the children interviewed had been aware of the family reunion policies of different countries when they were making their journeys. The report calls on the UK Government to permit the right to family reunion for unaccompanied children and commit to a broad enough definition of family so that unaccompanied child refugees can enjoy their right to family life.