Disgrace that Britain refusing to help child refugees

The Liberal Democrats have urged the government to play its part in resettling refugees, in particular unaccompanied children, in an emergency motion at their Autumn Conference.

The demand comes as Theresa May addresses a special UN meeting on migration in New York. Yesterday the Prime Minister resisted calls to take in more vulnerable refugees from Syria.

Around 600 unaccompanied children are living in Calais and there are an estimated 10,000 missing unaccompanied migrant children in the EU.

The Liberal Democrats have proposed providing local councils with more funding to integrate child refugees, and for the UK and French governments to work together to ensure that unaccompanied minors are reunited with their families

Liberal Democrats Home Affairs Spokesperson Alistair Carmichael said:

"It is a disgrace that the government is sitting on its hands while children risk their lives trying to cross the Mediterranean."

"Britain should be leading the global response to this crisis, not undermining it by refusing to play its part in resettling more Syrian refugees."

You can read the full motion, as passed by Liberal Democrat Conference here.

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