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MPs have voted against guaranteeing the right of unaccompanied child refugees to be reunited with family living in the UK - Save the Children's response:

"As a country, we have a duty to protect children escaping from war and persecution"

After the Commons rejected an amendment to reinstate child refugee protection rights in the Brexit bill, George Graham, Director of Conflict & Humanitarian Policy at Save the Children said:

“As a country, we have a duty to protect children escaping from war and persecution. Instead, this new bill puts some of the world’s most vulnerable and desperate children at even greater risk of harm. By taking away the right of lone children to live with their families in the UK, we leave them to risk their lives on the dangerous journey to Europe and expose them to exploitation at the hands of traffickers.”

“The UK should show leadership by expanding routes for refugee children to find safety and be reunited with their families in the UK, not restricting them.”

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