‘Dubs Amendment’ Refugee Scheme Closes After Accepting Just 350 Children

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‘Dubs Amendment’ Refugee Scheme Closes After Accepting Just 350 Children

Post by Guest on Wed Feb 08, 2017 7:17 pm

The Government has been condemned for closing down a scheme to accept lone refugee children marooned in Europe after allowing just 350 displaced youngsters, not thousands as expected.

Minister for Immigration Robert Goodwill used a written statement to announce the Government had “reasonably” met the “intention and spirit” of the landmark Dubs Amendment.

This was the Government pledge named after the Labour peer, Lord Alf Dubs, who campaigned for the UK to accept lone children. Dubs himself was rescued from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia in 1939 and brought to the UK under the ‘Kindertransport’.

The Dubs amendment committed the government to relocate vulnerable lone child refugees in France, Italy and Greece “as soon as possible” with charities expecting the figure could reach 3,000.

Unicef pointed out 30,000 children arrived in Greece and Italy last year and thousands of them were “alone and are highly vulnerable”.


Whilst I understand reservations about ages,, which should always be checked. Though that should not even be the point on age checks, when having a responsibility to do our fair share in taking in refugees.


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