Oxfam response to decision by government not to accept Lords amendment to protect rights of child refugees in EU Withdrawal Agreement Bill

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In response to the decision by the government not to accept the Lords amendment to the EU Withdrawal Agreement Bill, which would have ensured protections for child refugees coming to the UK from Europe, Oxfam’s Head of Humanitarian Campaigns, Ruth Tanner, said:

“It is a very sad start to the future of Britain outside the EU, that MPs have rejected the amendment to protect the rights of lone child refugees coming to the UK from Europe.

“The UK should not be turning its back on vulnerable young people who have been forced to flee their homes through no fault of their own.

“While the government has said it is intent on protecting family reunification for refugees, it must now demonstrate to families how these protections will be met so lives are not left hanging in the balance.”

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