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Press Release Refugees (Family Reunion) Bill

refugee_bill_-_families_together.pngOn Friday, I attended the debates and supported the Refugees (Family Reunion) Bill.

This Bill seeks to change Immigration Rules to allow children refugees to sponsor family members to join them. The bill would also amend the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 to allow for refugees to apply for legal aid.

Refugees have been forced from their homes, by war, famine or other disasters. In power, Labour will uphold the proud British tradition of honouring the spirit of international law and our moral obligations by taking our fair share of refugees.

Save the Children estimated back in 2016 that there are at least 26,000 unaccompanied child refugees in Europe at terrible risk of being trafficked into slave labour or prostitution. According to Europol some 10,000 child refugees have already disappeared in Europe.

 

Some child refugees alone in Europe have family in Britain who could look after them - yet current bureaucratic rules are taking many months and failing to reunite them with their families.

 

We have a responsibility to act to prevent more children disappearing into the hands of criminal gangs or dying because they've taken desperate risks to find someone to keep them safe and I will follow closely further stages of the Bill.

 

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Kate Osamor MP

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