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RESPONSE: UK MPS VOTE OVERWHELMINGLY IN FAVOUR OF DUBS SCHEME

Today MPs from all parties voted overwhelmingly (254-1) to urge the UK Government to continue helping the most vulnerable child refugees in Europe under the Dubs scheme.  

The motion expressed a deep disappointment in the Government’s recent decision to transfer no more than 350 unaccompanied child refugees to the UK under the scheme. 

MPs called on the government to ensure it continues to consult with local authorities on their capacity to accommodate children under the scheme, and to relocate vulnerable children in whose best interest it is to come to the UK on this basis.

In response, George Graham, Director Conflict and Humanitarian Policy at Save the Children said:

“Today’s definitive parliamentary vote shows that, along with the British public, politicians from across the spectrum were deeply disappointed by the government’s decision to walk away from the Dubs amendment. Instead, MPs wish to help the most vulnerable children caught up in the refugee crisis.

“Children are languishing for months in appalling conditions across Europe and risking their lives at the hands of brutal profiteering people smugglers. When options for safe asylum are offered to children who’ve fled war and persecution, as they were when children were brought over from the Calais Jungle, fewer children arrive in the UK through spontaneous and dangerous means.

“MPs voting in favour of Lord Dubs’ scheme today have raised their hand for British sanctuary for vulnerable children who are alone and terrified. The UK has a proud history of offering a safe home to refugees and the government has a responsibility to live up to that tradition, without excuse.”