The Bishop of Croydon, the Rt Revd Jonathan Clark, has added his voice to those concerned with the surprise early closure of the UK government ‘Lord Dubs scheme‘ that had targeted bringing 3,000 unaccompanied child refugees from Europe to live in the UK.
“I am hugely disappointed at this decision. It is important to point out that the Dubs amendment, as Alf Dubs originally put it forward, proposed a commitment to 3,000 children and ministers signalled that the Government would abide by the spirit of the original amendment.”
The Bishop – who chairs the Churches Refugee Network (CRN) – questioned how less than 15% of the original target could be “in the spirit of 3,000.”
“It appears that the Government may also be working on outdated information from local authorities as to how many places they will provide – there are plenty of local authorities now saying they could provide for more children.
“This appears to be a deliberate decision of will by the Government rather than being forced on them and runs against the spirit of Lords Dubs’s original amendment.
“But most importantly there is a crying human need from children who will otherwise get into the hands of traffickers. By refusing to help those children you are in effect helping the trafficking industry.”
Citizens UK have launched a petition calling on the UK Prime Minister to reverse the decision to close the scheme.