Reinstate Child refugee bill

Reinstate Child refugee bill

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Rebecca Sweetman started this petition to UK Parliament

‘The Dublin III Regulation (‘Dublin’) is an EU law which sets out which European country is responsible for someone’s asylum claim. A child who claims asylum and is unaccompanied can be transferred to a country where they have family members (parent/carer, child or spouse) or relatives (aunt, uncle and grandparent).’ https://www.childrenslegalcentre.com/resources/supporting-dublin-children/

While the UK is still part of the EU they are subject to the Dublin Regulation and thanks to work by key advocates like Lord Alfred Dubs, Theresa May's government guaranteed the right of unaccompanied child refugees to be reunited with family members living in the UK after Brexit in the EU withdrawal bill.

Since the new Conservative government was elected they have removed the commitment to guarantee continuation of the rights of child refugees from the bill and replaced this with a empty gesture to make statements to Parliament on the government's child refugee policy after Brexit.

This means that unaccompanied child refugees will have no rights to be reunited with family living in the UK after Brexit.

Between January and June 2019, some 2,800 unaccompanied minors arrived in Europe (UNICEF). Many of these children are at risk as soon as they arrive. In addition to basic human rights, the Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) have reported that Family reunification is key to integration of displaced people and helping to curtail people trafficking. According to the Refugee Council children are ‘regularly trafficked into the UK to be forced into domestic servitude, sexual exploitation and other forms of forced labour’

We request that the government guarantee the rights of unaccompained child refugees to be reunited with family members living in the UK after Brexit.

 

 

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