CiNI have released the following press release regarding the decision taken by
the UK Government to renege on its commitment to refugee and asylum seeking
children through section 67 of the Immigration Act, often known as the Dubs
More Refugee and Migrant children facing an uncertain future
Children in Northern Ireland are extremely disappointed at the decision taken by
the UK Government to renege on its commitment to refugee and asylum seeking children through section 67 of the Immigration Act, often known as the Dubs Amendment.
The decision announced on 8th February is being taken due to concerns about
attracting people traffickers, it is our view that there is no evidence to support this claim whatsoever and we share Lord Alfred Dubs’ view that the UK Government is ‘in breach of its own commitments’.
In April 2016, the Northern Ireland Executive welcomed and provided sanctuary for 14 families and 20 children from Syrian. Moreover, unaccompanied children have been supported through Health and Social Care Board to recover from their experiences of trauma, exhaustion, language barriers and cultural differences.
In solidarity with refugees and asylum seekers, especially those who are children and young people, we urge the UK Government to demonstrate compassion and morality and reverse this decision with immediate effect.
Pauline Leeson, Chief Executive of Children in Northern Ireland comments:
“Shutting the door on children who have nothing is shameful, it is sending the wrong message, the UK Government must show leadership, it must show
compassion by continuing to accept unaccompanied vulnerable children.”
“At a time when America has placed a ban on refugees, it is deeply worrying that the UK is doing the same thing to vulnerable children. We must not forget our past, we must continue to be a sanctuary for child refugees who are in desperate need of help.”
Notes to Editors:
Enquires to Pauline Leeson, Chief Executive, Children in Northern
Ireland 028 9040 1290
About Children in Northern Ireland
Children in Northern Ireland (CiNI) is the regional umbrella organisation for the children’s sector across Northern Ireland. CiNI provides information, policy, training, participation and advocacy services to support our 160 members in their direct work with and for children and young people. Our membership is drawn from across the voluntary, statutory and independent children’s sector.