New Clause 24 - Safe and legal routes: family reunion for children

Illegal Migration Bill – in the House of Commons at 10:00 pm on 27th March 2023.

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“(1) The Secretary of State must, within three months of the date on which this Act enters into force, lay before Parliament a statement of changes in the rules (the ‘immigration rules’) under section 3(2) of the Immigration Act 1971 (general provision for regulation and control) to make provision for the admission of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children from European Union member states to the United Kingdom for the purposes of family reunion.

(2) The rules must, as far as is practicable, include provisions in line with the rules formerly in force in the United Kingdom under the Dublin III Regulation relating to unaccompanied asylum-seeking children.”—(Stephen Kinnock.)

This new clause seeks to add a requirement for the Secretary of State to provide safe and legal routes for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children with close family members in the UK, in line with rules previous observed by the UK as part of the Dublin system.

Brought up, and read the First time.

Question put, That the clause be read a Second time.

Division number 201 Illegal Migration Bill — New Clause 24 - Safe and legal routes: family reunion for children

Aye: 246 MPs

No: 301 MPs

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The Committee divided: Ayes 248, Noes 301.

Question accordingly negatived.