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Why UK should do more to help vulnerable refugee children

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Scottish Refugee Council has urged the UK government to do more to help vulnerable refugee children.

The government has revealed that the UK will accept more unaccompanied child refugees from Syria and other conflict zones.

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) will identify “exceptional cases” from camps in Syria and neighbouring countries of children who could benefit from resettlement in the UK.

Britain will provide resources to identify children in Greece and Italy who have family members in this country, Immigration Minister James Brokenshire has said. The UK Government is establishing a new £10 million fund to support young refugees in Europe.

It is still unclear how many children will be offered safety in the UK.

Campaigners have been urging the UK Government to accept 3,000 of the lone children who have arrived in the continent from conflict zones such as Syria.

The UK Government is however set to maintain its policy of taking vulnerable refugees directly from the conflict region.

Gary Christie, Scottish Refugee Council’s Head of Policy, said: “Children who are on their own and travelling through Europe are vulnerable to the dangers of exposure to freezing winter conditions, exploitation and abuse. We urge the Government to do more to help refugee children who are alone and at risk.”

Scottish Refugee Council also urged the UK Government to participate “in the relocation of refugee men, women and children from Europe.”

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