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Ending the Dubs scheme will put child refugees at the mercy of traffickers

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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

I do not want to doubt the deep personal commitment of the prime minister, Theresa May, or the home secretary, Amber Rudd, towards the eradication of slavery in the UK and across the world. But I am afraid I must take exception to Amber Rudd’s remarks on closing the Dubs scheme to resettle unaccompanied minors, after accepting only 350 of them. Ms Rudd stated that British and French authorities feared that the existence of the Dubs scheme was “a pull factor” for refugee children to head to Britain and provided opportunities for people traffickers.

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