Lib Dem leader Farron urges UK to help unaccompanied child refugees

Lib Dem leader Tim Farron

The Lib Dem leader Tim Farron has urged the UK Government to take in 3,000 unaccompanied child refugees.

Lib Dem leader Tim Farron
Lib Dem leader Tim Farron

In an interview with to Jo Coburn on the Daily Politics, Mr Farron, who has just returned the refugee camp at Idomeni on the Greece-Macedonia border, said 10,000 children are now in the hands of traffickers.

The Lib Dem leader said he backed the UK Government’s support to refugees around Syria, Lebanon and so on. He however, pointed out that what the government was not doing was helping refugees trapped in Europe.

He revealed that at the refugee camp at Idomeni he met many families and small children who were “trapped because of the failure to make the EU-Turkey deal work properly.”

“Thousands and thousands of families trapped in squalid and desperate circumstances and in need of help,” Mr Farron said.

He added that the least the UK government could was to take in at least 3,000 of the 30,000 unaccompanied child refugees stranded in Europe. “We know at least 10,000 have gone missing in the hands of traffickers,” Mr Farron said.

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