What is Unicef doing for refugee children?
Imagine you’re a refugee child. You’ve lost both your parents because of war. You have been separated from your older brother, who has made it to the UK where he is now living in safety. You’re scared and alone and want to be reunited with your brother.
Right now in the UK, family reunion refugee law would not recognise your brother as a member of your family. In the eyes of this law, only parents count as “family” – siblings, grandparents, aunts or uncles do not. Refugee children who want to be reunited with family members other than their parents in the UK are being forced to make dangerous journeys to Europe to reach them.
We’re calling on the UK Government to change the definition of family within the UK’s refugee family reunion law so that children can be reunited with brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts and grandparents. Add your name and help us change this law so that we can keep more
Migration is not a new phenomenon
The desire to be safe with our families, for children to grow up healthy, strong and educated, and to give the next generation more opportunities than we have are universal and natural aspirations.
What’s different now is that faced with the global movement of people, we run the risk of losing our sense of humanity. We have started to forget that refugees are human, and that refugee children are children first and foremost.
No matter where they come from or where they’re going, all children deserve love, a safe home and hope for a happy future.
Migrants are men, women and children striving for what humans have always yearned for: safety and a better life.
It is through compassionate understanding that the so-called migration crisis can most effectively be addressed.
In Search of Opportunities report, Unicef West and Central Africa
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