Last week, the government announced it would bring over just 150 more unaccompanied child refugees under the Dubs scheme, drawing widespread criticism.
But in the coming week our MPs have the chance to change this – and you can help make sure they do.
What is the Dubs scheme?
Named after Lord Alf Dubs, who came to Britain as a child refugee during the Second World War, the ‘Dubs scheme’ was introduced in May 2016 after he sponsored an amendment to the Immigration Act.
The UK’s programme to resettle lone children fleeing war is a small beacon of humanity amid Europe’s sorry response to the refugee crisis
G4S is to be awarded a Government contract to provide welfare services to children and families imprisoned in a new family detention unit at Tinsley House Immigration Removal Centre, according to media reports.
The news follows the closure of Cedars, a controversial specialist detention unit used to detain children and families awaiting removal from the country.
The Government has announced it will close a special scheme to relocate vulnerable unaccompanied children from other European countries to the UK.
The Immigration Minister Robert Goodwill has said that the UK has committed to relocating 350 young people through section 67 of the Immigration Act – often known as the Dubs Amendment – with over 200 children having arrived already.
In response to the government’s decision to stop accepting lone child refugees under the Dubs amendment, Maya Mailer, Oxfam’s Head of Humanitarian Policy, said:
“We're shocked and disappointed that less than a year after it allowed unaccompanied child refugees to find a safe haven in the UK, the government is now wriggling out of its responsibilities.
“The government’s decision flies in the face of the huge public support for the Dubs amendment.
A project designed to help young refugees integrate into communities in Britain has secured £1 million in funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery.
‘From Surviving to Thriving’ is a joint project between the British Red Cross, the Refugee Council and UpRising.
By: Laura Padoan
Communities come together to welcome resettled Syrian families
“As we say in Northern Ireland, ‘Come on, on, on in!’’’ In the rural town of Lurgan, County Armagh, retired teacher Arthur McKeown welcomes a few late stragglers to the English class he teaches on a voluntary basis at the St Vincent de Paul Society’s community centre. This morning’s lesson has the most British of themes. ‘What’s the weather like today?’ Arthur asks the class.
It's been three months since the "Jungle" refugee camp in Calais was closed and hundreds of minors arrived in the UK. Abigail Frymann Rouch reports from London on how young African refugees are acclimatizing.
The author is Amnesty International UK's women's human rights programme manager
Wednesday 7 December 2016 07.48 EST
Despite saying it wants to protect women from sexual violence in conflict, the UK fails to provide safe, legal routes to sanctuary and handles asylum insensitively
International Development Secretary announces new focus on disability on International Day for People with Disabilities
The UK will lead a step-change in the world’s efforts to end extreme poverty by pushing disability up the global development agenda, International Development Secretary Priti Patel has announced.
To mark International Day for People with Disabilities (3 December) Ms Patel is calling on partners to do more to prioritise reaching the poorest and most excluded by ensuring people with disabilities are not being left behind.
Security is being stepped up in Calais, home to the "Jungle" camp where thousands of migrants fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East and Africa hope to cross the English Channel to Britain
LONDON/CALAIS, France, Sept 7 (Reuters) - Work on building a wall along the approach road to the French port of Calais to try to stop migrants from jumping aboard trucks bound for Britain will begin this month, British officials said.
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by Lin Taylor | @linnytayls | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Wednesday, 31 August 2016 11:17 GMT
LONDON, Aug 31 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Alan, a British foster parent, first took in a teenager who had fled poverty and political repression in Eritrea, the boy was so scarred by his journey to the UK that he barely spoke.
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Today new statistics have been published showing how many asylum claims the UK has received in the first half of 2016.
The figures also show how many asylum seekers have been granted refugee protection and which countries people have fled.
The Government has scrapped the role of Minister for Syrian Refugees in the reshuffle following Theresa May’s appointment as Prime Minister.
Government sources told the Huffington Post that the responsibilities which the role was previously responsible for will now be split across Government departments, signalling a ‘more holistic’ approach to protecting refugees.
Home Secretary and Archbishop of Canterbury launch new scheme to encourage community groups to sponsor a refugee family.
The full community sponsorship scheme will enable community groups including charities, faith groups, churches and businesses to take on the role of supporting resettled refugees in the UK.
By Kristy Siegfried OXFORD, 27 June 2016
Britain has remained largely sealed off from the refugee crisis that has rocked much of the rest of Europe for the past year. Protected by geography and its status outside the passport-free Schengen zone, it took in only a fraction of the asylum seekers who arrived at Europe’s southern shores last year.
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ICAI’s latest review finds that UK aid has reached 62.9 million people with water, sanitation and hygiene interventions over five years, but must do more to ensure these improvements are sustainable.
The review highlighted sustainability as an area of particular concern, with not enough being done to ensure that improved WASH access was becoming a permanent part of people’s lives.
DFID needs to do more to address long-term problems like water security, maintenance of infrastructure, strengthening local institutions so they can manage services, and changing behaviour.
The UK government has made a strong commitment to using the aid programme to tackle violence against women and girls (VAWG) in developing countries. The challenge is a daunting one. VAWG is deeply rooted in cultural norms and unequal power relations between women and men. One in three women around the world experiences intimate partner violence, and other forms of VAWG are also widespread. As well as being a violation of women’s fundamental human rights, VAWG has profound personal, social and economic consequences.
The first ever World Humanitarian Summit will take place in Istanbul in May 2016.
The International Development Committee is currently inquiring into the Global Humanitarian System. The Committee has written to the Secretary of State for international Development, Justine Greening MP, in order to contribute to the debate. In the letter, the Chair, Stephen Twigg MP, sets out six priority areas for discussion at the summit which the Committee feels will help the international community fulfil its responsibilities to deliver a more effective and efficient humanitarian system.
The programme announced by the Government today to resettle 3,000 refugee children in the UK over the next four years has been welcomed by the development agency Christian Aid, but stresses that the plans are too slow and lacking in adequate ambition. It ignores the thousands of vulnerable unaccompanied minors already in Europe who need assistance.