Tory MP underscores why unaccompanied migrant children must be helped

A Tory MP has urged the UK government to give more support unaccompanied migrant children.

Speaking to Carolyn Quinn on Radio 4’s Westminster Hour, Heidi Allen, MP for South Cambridgeshire, claimed her stance over UK help for unaccompanied migrant children would be her “tax credits 2 moment”.

The MP, who has visited a camp on the Greek island on Lesbos, pledged to be a “general pain in the bleep” over the issue.

“We need to give resources into Europe to help with the administration to identify who is unaccompanied,” she said adding that more needs to be done to help the unaccompanied children.

“These children, these families are in Europe now no aid we are giving Syria is gonna give them home to go to,” Ms Allen said.

Ms Allen went to Greece to spend the weekend with Save The Children on the island of Lesbos. she visited the various camps to see at first hand the plight of Syrian refugees and the many unaccompanied children.

“Greece is the busiest entry point for refugees wanting to reach the European Union with almost 60,000 migrants having arrived in January alone.

“Visiting refugee camps with Save the Children, I was shocked at the lack of organisation for processing the thousands of migrants who are arriving every day,” Ms Allen wrote on her official website. “For all intents and purpose the Greek authorities have been left to deal with the problem on their own and are struggling to keep track of those arriving from across the Mediterranean.”

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