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To: Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP Immigration Minister
Bring Europe's Unaccompanied Refugee Children to the UK Now
After the publication of the Commons Select Committee we need you to act on their recommendation to bring 3000 refugee children to the UK from within Europe.
Why is this important?
After the recent demolition of half of the Calais Jungle we need you to take immediate action on the International Development Committee’s recommendation to bring 3000 unaccompanied refugee children who are currently residing in refugee camps not only in The Jungle and Grande Synthe, Dunkirk but in the whole of Europe, to the UK - including all minors with family connections in the UK. This is in addition to the current commitment to resettle 20,000 refugees from the region.
These children have lost their homes, their education, people who loved them, their friends and their communities. They have seen war and all its cruelties - the last thing we can do is abandon them. This would be the most inhumane form of neglect.
Stephen Twigg MP, Chair of the Committee sums up why when he said:
"Children are clearly some of the most vulnerable refugees this crisis has created. The Committee heard that close to 80% of Syria's child population already need humanitarian assistance.
In December, the UNHCR and International Organisation for Migration estimated that one million refugees and migrants fled to Europe in 2015. Of more than 900,000 people taking the dangerous route across the Mediterranean, one in every two were Syrian. The first refugee casualty of 2016 was a drowned two year old boy pulled from the sea off the Greek coast.
Having survived the treacherous journey, there is a grave possibility that unaccompanied children become the victims of people traffickers who force them into prostitution, child labour and the drugs trade. This is an issue of utmost urgency."
How it will be delivered
By hand directly to Mr Twigg