Roughly 140 children are sleeping rough in Calais and Dunkirk. Over 1,000 children are homeless on the streets of Greece.
Yet in just under two-and-a-half-years, the British government has failed to fill nearly half the places available for these children under the Dubs Amendment.
The Dubs Amendment, tabled by former child refugee Lord Alf Dubs, was passed in April 2016 with the intention of bringing vulnerable unaccompanied children in Europe to safety in the UK. The Government identified, assessed and transferred 200 children under the scheme during the demolition of the Calais ‘Jungle’ in 2016. But since then, progress has come to a standstill.
In June, Help Refugees launched a judicial review of the Home Office’s management and implementation – or lack thereof – of the Dubs Amendment. After receiving a negative decision on 2ndNovember 2017, we swiftly gained permission to appeal.
The Home Office promised to resettle 480 children, and after two-and-a-half-years, nearly half those places remain unfilled. In that time, thousands of children have gone missing. If we don’t act now, more vulnerable unaccompanied children will be forced into the hands of smugglers and traffickers.
At least five children lost their lives last year at our border in Calais before the Amendment was implemented, some waiting to be with their families in the UK. It is heartbreaking and we cannot let this happen again.
We need the government to stop dragging its heels, and help the children it promised to help before it’s too late. We need to show the Home Office that the British public support the relocation of unaccompanied children to the UK. With your support, we want to reopen the Dubs Amendment with our appeal on July 25th, and put pressure on the Home Office to fill all 480 places for unaccompanied child refugees before the end of the year.
Join us in calling for #DubsNow. Together let’s show our government that we are not hostile; we are compassionate, welcoming and ready to offer refuge to some of the most vulnerable children in Europe.