05 January 2016
The International Development Committee urges the Government to back Save the Children's proposal of accepting an additional 3,000 refugee children from within Europe. This is in addition to the current commitment to resettle 20,000 refugees from the region.
Stephen Twigg MP, Chair of the Committee, said:
"Children are clearly some of the most vulnerable refugees this crisis has created. The Committee heard that close to 80% of Syria's child population already need humanitarian assistance.
In December, the UNHCR and International Organisation for Migration estimated that one million refugees and migrants fled to Europe in 2015. Of more than 900,000 people taking the dangerous route across the Mediterranean, one in every two were Syrian. The first refugee casualty of 2016 was a drowned two year old boy pulled from the sea off the Greek coast.
Having survived the treacherous journey, there is a grave possibility that unaccompanied children become the victims of people traffickers who force them into prostitution, child labour and the drugs trade. This is an issue of utmost urgency."
Read the Committee's full report here.