Tories shut down Dubs scheme to bring child refugees to the UK – after relocating just 350

The initial amendment called for 3,000 lone children to be relocated

 

The government will close the route into Britain created for child refugees by the Dubs Amendment, the Home Office announced today, although just 350 children have been relocated under its terms rather than the thousands expected.

Proposed by Lord Dubs — who himself came to the UK as a child refugee in the 1930s — the amendment initially called for 3,000 child refugees to be relocated. David Cameron initially resisted, but was forced to backtrack under threat of a Tory rebellion, accepting a version of the amendment that didn’t specify a number.

But critics insist that to admit scarcely more than a tenth of the originally proposed number is against the spirit of the government’s commitment, and have slammed the government’s attempt to sneak the announcement out at the same time as the Article 50 debate.

The shadow home secretary, Diane Abbott, said the government’s behaviour was ‘shameful’.

Green Party leader Jonathan Bartley called it ‘an absolute disgrace’, which undermines ‘any claim by the prime minister to be a compassionate Conservative’.

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron described it as ‘a betrayal of these vulnerable children and a betrayal of British values’.

Yvette Cooper, who leads Labour’s refugee taskforce pointed out that ‘Dubs was never time-limited and the government said they would abide by both the word and the spirit of the amendment.’

“No one ever suggested we would only help children for a few months then turn our backs, especially when the global refugee crisis shows no sign of abating.”

Lord Dubs invoked his own experience, commenting:

“During the Kindertransport, Sir Nicky Winton rescued 669 children from Nazi persecution virtually singlehandedly. I was one of those lucky ones. It would be a terrible betrayal of his legacy if as a country we were unable to do more than this to help a new generation of refugees,”

3 Responses to “Tories shut down Dubs scheme to bring child refugees to the UK – after relocating just 350”

  1. Mike Stallard

    Would some kind person please inform me how the actual ages of these young men are assessed? I had five of them on our English class and a 14 year old girl did the job when I asked her. She said “18 or 19. Some are even older”.
    If we are dealing with children under, say, twelve, no problem.
    If we are dealing with randy, physically fit, angry, bigoted and world travelled warriors, then – no. Not on any account.

  2. Cole

    Maybe Mike Stallard should be deported to Syria. See how he likes it there.

  3. ted francis

    And who was it that famously said “….d’you know, some people call us the nasty party…..”?
    Well the “Nasty Party” has been replaced by the “Nastier Party”.
    I’ve always thought that Tessa had the look of a latently cruel individual about her and day by day it proves to be manifestly so. There is much of Trump about her.

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