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Reaction to MPs rejecting amendment on councils and child refugees

7th Mar 2017

In response to MPs rejecting an amendment requiring councils to regularly report on spare capacity to resettle child refugees, Josephine Liebl, Oxfam's Humanitarian Policy Adviser, said:

"The Government appears willing to decide the fates of child refugees based on guesswork instead of evidence from the councils responsible for accommodating them.

"Rather than putting in place policies that are in line with the Government's ambition to be a truly Global Britain, it is closing the door on child refugees who have fled terrible violence.

"We urge the Home Secretary to keep this route open and to consider other measures to allow children to join their relatives in the UK and reunite families torn apart by violence."

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