Birmingham Reunites Child Refugees with their Families

There has been an influx of refugees to Europe. Credit: Robert Cotič, Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Slovenia (MORS) or Slovenian Armed Forces

Birmingham has welcomed in fifty child refugees with family links to the city. The refugees were taken in as part of the Government’s Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme, established back in 2015.

Councillor Waseem Zaffar, Cabinet Member for Transparency, Openness and Equality at Birmingham City Council, said:

“We are on standby to support the Home Office in bringing children under the Dublin III regulation, which relates to children who already have family links in the UK. We have welcomed a number of children today with family links in the city.

“We are also signed up and are actively working to support children coming to the UK under the Lord Dubs agreement and have signed up to the National Transfer Scheme.

“Anyone who has seen reports of the desperate situation in Calais – and the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Syria and elsewhere – knows we have a moral duty to help refugee children who have suffered immense hardships that no child should go through.

“Birmingham, as a City of Sanctuary, has a proud history of sheltering people who are fleeing for their lives and we will continue to work with our partners to ensure those coming here are settled and can start a new life here.”



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