3 February 2017

Response to Anti-Slavery Commissioner’s statement on child refugees

Responding to the statement from the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner on child refugees Rt Reverend Jonathan Clark, Bishop of Croydon, said:

 “We agree with the Anti-Slavery Commissioner that far more needs to be done by the UK to deliver on the Government’s commitments to unaccompanied refugee children in Europe.

 “There are thousands of unaccompanied children in Greece and Italy at risk of trafficking and exploitation, yet 9 months on from the Dubs law being passed, just 200 children have benefited from the scheme and none from Greece or Italy.

 “During the Kindertransport Sir Nicholas Winton rescued 669 children on his own. Now more than ever Britain must live up to this legacy and do far more for the thousands of refugee children across Europe.”