Submitted by Carrie Brookes on 14 Feb 2017 - 4:08pm
MVDA is calling on the government to reverse its decision to remove sanctuary for thousands more refugee children after ministers claimed the scheme is an ‘incentivisation’ to other vulnerable displaced children.
We are joining forces with Children England and leaders of charities large and small across the country to condemn the suspension of the ‘Dubs scheme’ for child refugees. Last week ministers announced that 200 children had been brought in under the scheme and that it would close after another 150 were settled in the UK.
The Dubs amendment, designed by the Labour peer and former child refugee Lord Dubs, aimed to help some of the estimated 90,000 unaccompanied migrant children across Europe.
MPs from all parties voted to support the scheme last year which offers sanctuary in Britain to unaccompanied refugee children in Europe.
Mark Davis, Chief Executive of MVDA condemned the decision:
"Last year Parliament made the right choice, to do the right thing, and across Middlesbrough many people have been volunteering and working to help with delivering on that promise, preparing for their arrival and care. When we break a promise to care for children, to keep them safe, and instead leave them at risk and in danger simply to 'send a message' to others, it is an unforgivable betrayal."