Contact Peers in the House of Lords, asking them to bring 3,ooo unaccompanied children to the UK, using the template email below
Dear Lord/Baroness [INSERT NAME],
I am writing to you because I want to show that people across the UK, like myself, do not want to create a ‘hostile environment’ for refugees fleeing persecution.
Save the Children estimates that at least 26,000 unaccompanied children entered Europe last year – children who have risked everything to flee war, persecution and extreme poverty alone. They come from Afghanistan, Syria, Eritrea, Somalia and Iraq, among other places, seeking sanctuary.
The authorities in Italy, Greece and the western Balkans are, quite simply, overwhelmed – reception centres and children’s homes are full up. Many do not make it to these reception facilities at all. They are bedding down in sports halls, churches and outside stations. These children are at serious risk of falling prey to people-traffickers and being forced into prostitution, child labour and the drug trade.
So whilst we welcome the Prime Minister’s commitment to resettle 20,000 Syrians, we believe the UK must share the burden with our fellow EU members and offer to relocate the most vulnerable children who are already in Europe – those who have arrived without family members, completely alone. This would be based on all the guiding principles for the care and protection of unaccompanied and separated children. We truly believe that this is in the best interests of thousands of children in Europe. Home for Good, a fostering charity; have signed up over 10,000 UK households who would be willing to provide a home for these children.
Lord Dubs has tabled an amendment to the Immigration Bill (amendment 239) in support of this proposal and we expect it to be debated in early February. We’d be delighted if you able to show your support for the amendment. Please see a briefing attached.
Contact the your MP (find your MP here) using the email template below
Dear [INSERT NAME],
I am writing to you because I want to show our elected representatives that people across the UK, like myself, want to welcome more refugees.
The Prime Minister’s commitment to resettle 20,000 displaced refugees could be an important first step to achieving a truly comprehensive and effective response to a global refugee crisis – but it is only a first step, and there is so much more that we can, and must, do.
The world is facing the biggest refugee crisis since World War II. Inevitably, we are seeing more refugees coming to Europe, but still in much smaller numbers than are to be found in countries neighbouring Syria, and countries like Pakistan, Ethiopia and Chad.
People are dying. They are dying in large numbers – crammed into trucks and boats – desperately in search of a safe and sustainable future for themselves and their loved ones. Every death is a tragic indictment of Europe’s failure to provide safe and legal routes for refugees to find safety in Europe. The consequences of our inaction plays out on our TV screens daily.
I am proud of moments in our country’s history when we have provided a haven for refugees from across the globe. But there is more we can and should do now. We can be part of the solution; the United Kingdom can step up and provide safe refuge to those fleeing for their lives from places like war-torn Syria and Afghanistan, and brutal regimes in Eritrea and Sudan.
It’s time for the UK to accept its fair share of people fleeing war and persecution, and to show more leadership on this issue – particularly in Europe. Our government has rightly called on other countries to give more humanitarian aid to support refugees and improve stability elsewhere. But we cannot expect the sort of commitment and cooperation, if the UK continues to refuse to share responsibility with other European countries for the refugees arriving on our continent.
I am asking you to pressure the Prime Minister to:
- Bring to the UK at least 3,000 unaccompanied minor asylum seekers from across Europe and the Middle East;
- Show leadership by committing the UK to provide sanctuary to our fair share of the refugees arriving in Europe;
- Increase by many thousands the number of places available to refugees around the world on the UK’s resettlement programmes;
- Do more to help refugees to be able to travel safely and legally to join family members already in the UK without being forced to resort to dangerous journeys.