Refugee Family Reunion

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department – in the House of Commons on 10th June 2019.

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Photo of Caroline Nokes Caroline Nokes The Minister for Immigration

My hon. Friend rightly raises the Government’s concern that allowing children to sponsor close family members might create incentives for more children to be encouraged or even forced to leave their families and risk a hazardous journey to the UK in order to sponsor relatives at a later date. I am sure he agrees that we absolutely want to avoid that because it could play into the hands of criminal gangs already exploiting vulnerable people.