21st April 2016

Anne Longfield comments on new Government scheme to resettle refugee children at risk

Anne Longfield, Children’s Commissioner for England said:

“I very much welcome the Government’s announcement today that the UK is providing refuge to an additional 3,000 vulnerable people from the Middle East and North Africa, the majority of whom are children who are considered to be at risk.

“The children who are resettled here will be those who are at the greatest risk of harm – some because they are unaccompanied and some because they are vulnerable to threats like child labour, child marriage or other forms of abuse and neglect. In the UK they will be provided with the vital protection and support they need. Other countries in Europe also need to fulfil their moral and legal responsibilities to child migrants, providing protection and immediate care for children in their countries and helping them to reunite with close family members.”

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