Responding to UK Government proposals on unaccompanied refugee children from conflict regions, Lily Caprani, UNICEF UK's Deputy Executive Director said:
"The UK has a responsibility to protect vulnerable children, particularly unaccompanied children, and it is right that the government is committed to resettle unaccompanied children from conflict regions.
"There are tens of thousands of unaccompanied refugee children including many who have relatives in the UK, and we support efforts to apply flexibility and widen the UK’s rules and practices on family reunion, so that more children are able to use this safe and legal route to reunite with family members.
"It is important to act in the best interests of a child, and without delay.
"Refugee and migrant children must be given information about their rights to family reunification and how to claim it as children living and traveling without family support are in danger of abuse and exploitation."
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