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Charities protest at government's  'reprehensible decision' on child refugees
Charities protest at government's 'reprehensible decision' on child refugees

On 7th March MPs voted 287-267 to close the Dubs Amendment, and to shut the door on 2650 unaccompanied child refugees living without protection in Europe. This is a reprehensible decision. The Children and Social Work Bill was proposed to have an amendment by MP Heidi Allen, which required the government to assess each local council's space allocation for unaccompanied minors.

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Catholic Union statement on government's decision to reject child refugees
Catholic Union statement on government's decision to reject child refugees

The Catholic Union has issued the following response to the UK government's decision not to implement the Dub Amendment and take in 3,000 child refugees: 'The Catholic Union regards the government's change in policy on child refugees with dismay. The argument that the policy should be dropped because it is a 'draw' for refugees is profoundly disheartening. If that argument were to be taken to its logical conclusion we would never assist anyone in trouble.

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 UK failing to protect refugee children, say Catholic agencies
UK failing to protect refugee children, say Catholic agencies

The UK is failing in its responsibility to protect some of the world's most vulnerable people, say Catholic agencies CAFOD and CSAN, following an announcement from the UK Government that it is cancelling plans to bring 3,000 refugee children to the UK as part of the Dubs Amendment scheme. Bishop Paul McAleenan, who has responsibility for migration within the Catholic Bishops' Conference, said: "The entire international community has a duty to protect refugees, especially unaccompanied children who are often most vulnerable to exploitation or trafficking.

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Archbishop of Canterbury's statement on child refugees
Archbishop of Canterbury's statement on child refugees

"I was saddened and shocked to read in the Ministerial statement released yesterday that only 350 children will be received under the regulations in the Dubs Amendment. Our country has a great history of welcoming those in need, particularly the most vulnerable, such as unaccompanied children. Refugees, like all people, are treasured human beings made in the image of God who deserve safety, freedom and the opportunity to flourish. Jesus commands us to care for the most vulnerable among us:

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