Call to aid refugees

West Lothian Courier - - Courier View -

Right now, in the Home Of­fice rules, the gov­ern­ment doesn’t recog­nise the close fam­ily of refugee chil­dren be­yond their par­ents.

This means that many chil­dren es­cap­ing war and vi­o­lence can’t be safely re­united with their fam­ily in the UK with­out first mak­ing a deadly jour­ney in to Europe. As the UK gov­ern­ment works on up­dat­ing its rules as a re­sult of leav­ing the EU, an amend­ment to the Euro­pean Union (With­drawal) Bill New Clause 53 would make sure the UK’s rules are fixed to stop this need­less risk to chil­dren’s safety.

As this comes for­ward in Par­lia­ment we hope that MPs will work to­gether to fix this prob­lem. I urge your read­ers to write to their MP to ask them to add their name to the amend­ment and voice their sup­port dur­ing the de­bate. Lily Caprani, Unicef UK

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