Yvette Cooper MP

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Responding to reports that the Government is considering action on unaccompanied refugee children

Yvette Cooper MP, Chair of Labour's Refugee Taskforce said:

"It's good news that the Government seems to be responding to the call by Save the Children with cross party support to help 3000 unaccompanied refugee children. But we are hearing some concern that the Government may only be planning to help children within camps near Syria, and excluding those alone in Europe.

"There are thousands of children now alone in Europe at terrible risk of abuse and harm. I've met 11 and 12-year olds in the camps in Calais and Dunkirk and seen how vulnerable they are to cold and disease, to trafficking and sexual exploitation by criminal gangs.

"Providing refuge to 3,000 of these children in Europe is what Save them Children have called for and is what the amendment by Labour's Alf Dubs in the House of Lords would put into effect. Any action by the Government must help children in Europe. I hope the Government will heed these calls and announce help for child refugees alone in Europe this week."

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