Right now child refugees who have arrived in Europe are sleeping rough and resorting to dangerous and illegal routes to reach family here in Britain. Join our call to reunite these missing children safely and legally with family here in Britain.
Join our call to help these missing children reunite safely and legally with family here in Britain.Read More
Across the country people from all walks of life are getting organised to deliver a welcoming Britain.
Over the past year Refugee Welcome groups across the country have campaigned for and secured the Dubs amendment, the pledge to resettle 3,000 children from the region, and the transfer over 800 unaccompanied children to safety when the Calais ‘jungle’ was demolished.Read More
Adnan was just 14 when he made up his mind to leave Syria and make his way to Calais – the only chance he had to join his surviving relative, his brother, in the UK. For much of his five months in the Calais “jungle” camp he was entirely alone.
Across Europe there are thousands of unaccompanied child refugees with family in Europe who could be looking after them. Instead, many are on their own in makeshift camps, at risk of exploitation and resorting to dangerous and illegal routes to reach family members because the system is broken.
Safe Passage is working to help find missing children like Adnan and reunite them with their families, but it shouldn’t be up to independent actors like us to stop children disappearing.
Britain, like other countries in Europe has a legal duty under the Dublin III agreement to reunite these children with their family in Britain.
There are some simple steps that Britain could take right now to prevent children going missing across Europe and reunite them with their loved ones here in Britain.
1. Set up a team to identify children in camps in Europe and support them to evidence their family links;
2. Establish centres in ‘arrival’ countries such as Greece and Italy where children can quickly and safely apply to join their families;
3. Reduce the time between acceptance and transfer from months to weeks
Request a meeting with your MP to ask them to stop more children going missing.
And rather than going alone – go as a delegation of concerned constituents, representatives of local groups and institutions who all care about reuniting children with their families.
Once you’ve secured your meeting. Organise a meet-up to agree your approach and make sure you’ve got a strong delegation.
We can help you publicise your meeting to other Safe Passage supporters and Refugee Welcome groups locally.
At your meeting, make sure you’ve decided who will say what and you’re clear on what you’re asking your MP to do.
We’ve put together an information pack with all you need to know ahead of your meeting.
And lastly – let us know it’s happening and what your MP says!
The only way we will change the Government’s approach is by combining our efforts, so help us to know what conversations are happening across the country.
Dear British Minister,
My name is David. Last summer, I was living in a tent with my four friends in the Jungle. I met Lord Dubs there and he told me he was a child refugee too. He told me that you had agreed to help children to go to the UK to be safe.
I crossed the Sahara and the Mediterranean on my own because I was scared that if I didn’t pass my school exams I would be stuck in the army forever. I want to be a doctor that helps people. I don’t want to shoot people.
Now I am living with my foster family in Leeds and I go to school to learn English, Math and life skills for my future.
For me and Lord Dubs, the UK government gave us safety and freedom. What about my four friends from the Jungle and all the others too?
David, 15 years old
Safe Passage gave a list of 387 children who were eligible for Dubs transfer under the scheme to the French and British government. David’s name was on that list.
ACROSS THE COUNTRY PEOPLE FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE ARE GETTING ORGANISED TO DELIVER A WELCOMING BRITAIN.
Over the past year Refugee Welcome groups across the country have campaigned for and secured the Dubs amendment, the pledge to resettle 3,000 children from the region, and the transfer over 800 unaccompanied children to safety when the Calais ‘jungle’ was demolished.JOIN THE MOVEMENT