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UK Government must immediately reverse Illegal Migration Bill, Save the Children says

18 July 2023 - Save the Children is calling on the UK Government to immediately reverse its Illegal Migration Bill, fearing it will have a ripple effect on the international human rights protection system and set a worrying precedent for other countries to follow.

Alastair Russell, Head of Public Affairs at Save the Children UK said: “We are deeply saddened that the Illegal Migration Bill has passed in Parliament in the UK.

“The UK has had a proud history of providing children and their families seeking refuge a safe sanctuary, but that’s all eroded with today’s decision, which will put thousands fleeing oppression and violence in a cycle of destitution and exploitation. 

“In particular, we are concerned by the Bill’s expansion of child detention, which is never in children’s best interests and puts them at risk of significant psychological and developmental damage. It is cruel and inhumane.

“We’re also incredibly concerned that the Bill will have a ripple effect on the international human rights protection system and sets a worrying precedent, which other countries may be influenced to follow.

“The UK should urgently reverse this callous Bill and create safer routes for children and their families to prevent them risking their lives and falling into the hands of smugglers.”


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