Refugees (Family Reunion) (No.2) Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:25 pm on 16th March 2018.

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Photo of Yvette Cooper Yvette Cooper Chair, Home Affairs Committee 12:25 pm, 16th March 2018

The hon. Gentleman is exactly right. I pay huge tribute to the work he has been doing.

Secondly, the current system encourages trafficking. It encourages illegal routes and dangerous routes because there is not a safe and legal route for people to travel on. The concern of the family I spoke to whose daughter is in Lebanon—this was some time ago—was that they were going to face a choice about whether to try and find a route through with smugglers or with traffickers to get her reunited with them because they did not have a legal route. The problem is that we are already driving people into the arms of traffickers and exploitation, and we should not do that.