Statement on Home Office changes to migration following UK-France summit

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19th January 2018 – Responding to changes announced by the Home Office on migration following yesterday’s UK-France Summit, Deputy Executive Director of Unicef UK, Lily Caprani, said: 

“The updating of the eligibility date for Dubs means that the Dubs scheme can start to deliver on what it promised – this is a welcome change and is an important commitment to protecting vulnerable refugee children. If the UK Government were to follow this commitment by fixing our own Immigration Rules and allowing children to be reunited with their aunts, uncles, adult siblings and grandparents already in the UK, then we could reduce the number of dangerous journeys being made into Europe in the first place and further protect children’s lives.”

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