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Refugees (Family Reunion) (No.2) Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 10:58 am on 16th March 2018.

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Photo of Vicky Foxcroft Vicky Foxcroft Opposition Whip (Commons) 10:58 am, 16th March 2018

I agree with my hon. Friend. As I said, that is completely unacceptable. We have a council that is willing to help, and no doubt hundreds of vulnerable children need that help.

I will conclude, because I want us to get on and vote on the Bill. Like many or perhaps all of us here today, I firmly believe that if a child refugee has been granted the right to be in the UK, his or her parents or carers should also be granted that right. Equally, children who grew up in this country with a parent who has a right to live here should be allowed that right, even after they reach the age of 18. The Bill would enable both those things to happen, while also providing vital financial support in the form of legal aid. Families are being torn apart by the current rules, and that simply has to change.