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Unaccompanied children in Greece and Italy

Published Wednesday, February 22, 2017

A backbench business debate on a motion relating to Unaccompanied children in Greece and Italy will be held in the Commons Chamber on Thursday 23 February 2017. The debate will be opened and lead by Alison McGovern, Heidi Allen, Tom Brake and Anne McLaughlin.

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The text of the motion is:

That this House has considered the Government’s support for the Syrian refugee crisis; commends the UK on its provision of aid to Syria and the region, the resettlement programmes and support to unaccompanied children in France; acknowledges that in 2016 over 30,000 unaccompanied children arrived by sea in Greece and Italy; notes that only 8 children were transferred from Greece and Italy under the Dublin III Regulation last year and none under the Dubs scheme; expresses disappointment that the Dubs Scheme will be ending after only 350 children benefiting; calls on the Government to work with the Greek and Italian governments to support access to family reunification through Dublin in a timely manner; and calls on the Government to continue to monitor local authority capacity for further transfers of children under the Dubs scheme, consulting with local authorities at least once every financial year.

The original representation to the Backbench Business Committee may be viewed here

Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0057

Authors: Terry McGuinness; Sarah Pepin

Topic: Asylum

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