Lib Dems table Bill urging Government to act over refugee children

December 8, 2015 1:05 PM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

Tim Farron has said the UK should 'open its heart' to young refugees and orphans who find themselves alone and in desperate need of help.

The Liberal Democrat leader has proposed a Private Member's Bill to commit the UK to taking in Syrian, Iraqi, Afghan and Eritrean children displaced by conflict and living alone in Europe.

Tim has visited Calais and Lesvos to see the humanitarian crisis first-hand and worked with Save the Children to urge the Government to take in refugee children.

He said:

"I am urging the government to support my bill and establish a programme to take in 3,000 unaccompanied children who are currently alone in Europe.

"These children have left their home fleeing terror and persecution. I believe Britain must, as it always has done, offer safe haven and open its hearts to those in desperate need."