Friday 10-02-2017 - 15:00
A statement from NUS' Internation Students' Campaign in response to the Dubs Amendment.
We, National Union of Students’ International Students Campaign, are gravely alarmed by the government’s decision to stop the ‘Dubs Scheme’, which we, amongst many other human rights and refugee advocates, hoped would resettle at least 3,000 unaccompanied minors.
It is a disgrace that after admitting only 350 unaccompanied minors who were stranded at various refugee camps into the UK, the Home Office has decided to discontinue the scheme as it believes it has fulfilled what it was “obliged to do”.
The Dubs amendment was passed last May amid widespread public outrage over the scale of the refugee crisis and it was pledged to a ‘specified number’ of unaccompanied child refugees from the camps of Greece, Italy and France, at the time believed to have been decided as 3,000. A figure which we believed was outrageously low even then, yet the government has failed to fulfil even barely a tenth of this.
While we see public outrage across the UK for Donald Trumps’ policies and Theresa May’s silence, it is astonishing to see her and her government inflicting such misery on the most vulnerable children who are seeking refuge from the most dangerous situation just outside borders of Britain. This does not reflect the society that we, nor the students that we represent, want to see.
We urge Theresa May and her Home Secretary Amber Rudd to reverse the decision to stop the scheme and pledge to work with other European countries to ensure every single unaccompanied minor in camps across Europe are granted refuge as a matter of urgency.
International Students Campaign
National Union of Students