In recent days you may have heard talk of ‘The Dubs amendment’. It was a piece of legislation put forward by David Cameron’s government back in March 2016 which was to ensure that Britain committed to taking in 3,000 child refugees.
You’re likely hearing about it this week because the Government has announced the scheme will close after only relocating 350 children.
Tom Viita, Head of Advocacy at Christian Aid, has said:
‘Protecting people fleeing their homes is no one country’s responsibility – it demands global cooperation. This announcement is not only a broken promise to vulnerable children, but a rejection of our international responsibilities.
After Trump’s refugee ban in recent weeks, it is shocking to see the UK sending out another deeply worrying message to the rest of the world. Theresa May and her government need to be pulling Trump up, rather than following him downwards.
The international community, the UK included, needs to find a fair way of sharing responsibility for people forcibly displaced from their homes. We are experiencing global displacement on a level not seen since the Second World War. Poor countries are hosting most people in dire need and here we are once again, one of the richest countries in the world, attempting to shirk responsibility.
The UK needs to play a full role in the international community’s response to the refugee crisis and work with other nations to find effective longer-term solutions that honour everybody’s human dignity.’