Keith Taylor MEP: Theresa May a disgrace for abandoning child refugees

Keith Taylor, MEP for the South East, has responded to the Government’s announcement it will take only 350 lone child refugees instead of a proposed 3000.

The Green MEP said:

“It is shameful that Theresa May has decided to renege the Government’s promise to bring the most vulnerable refugee children to safety in the UK.”

“That the announcement was sneaked out by the Tories just before recess, is an absolute disgrace.”

“The UK has taken just 350 lone child refugees which is nowhere near the 3000 originally proposed by Lord Dubs and is the equivalent to fewer than one per local authority in the UK.”

“Any claim by the Prime Minister to be a compassionate Conservative is utterly undermined by the dereliction of duty to some of the most vulnerable people in the world.”

“The Government should have been doing far more to support local authorities in helping provide the support and safety child refugees need so desperately.”

“Only this week, a report by the counter-extremism organisation Quilliam revealed how thousands of vulnerable child refugees, abandoned by countries like the UK, are being left vulnerable to sexual and financial exploitation by human traffickers and radicalisation by groups like so-called Islamic State that are seeking to capitalise on Europe’s wavering response to the refugee crisis.”

“Citizens UK is a charity that witnesses firsthand the horrifying daily risks these children faced in Calais and just how desperate for safety they were. This is a national scandal, which disgraces us all. The Government should hang its head in shame.”

“Britain has a proud tradition of welcoming those most in need. We stepped up to rescue 10,000 Jewish children from Nazi persecution. One of those children was Lord Dubs, who arrived in the UK as a child refugee on the kindertransport. Which is why I am joining Citizens UK and calling for Prime Minister to stand by the country’s values, reverse her decision and keep the Dubs scheme alive.”

You can sign the Dubs petition at http://www.citizensuk.org/dubs_petition.