Statement on Dubs Amendment policy announcement

In response to the Home Office’s publication today of a policy statement on the Dubs Amendment (Section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016), George Graham, Director of Conflict & Humanitarian Policy, Advocacy & Campaigns at Save the Children, said:

“We welcome the news that the remaining children to be transferred to the UK under the Dubs scheme will be assessed on the basis of their vulnerability, rather than arbitrary criteria such as age or nationality. We are pleased that lessons have been learnt from the closure of the Jungle camp in Calais last year. It is absolutely right that the best interests of the child are at the heart of the process - this will ensure that the children who come to the UK are those most in need of British help and protection.

We remain disappointed that the Government has capped the scheme at 350 places, as it becomes ever clearer that local authorities could accommodate more children. Removing safe, legal and regular routes to the UK, such as the Dubs scheme, risks pushing children into the hands of traffickers and people smugglers. It is essential that the Government now ensures that the system for reuniting children with family in the UK works effectively, so that they are not left languishing in squalid conditions at risk of exploitation, as children are today across Europe.”