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Unaccompanied Children (Greece and Italy) (23 Feb 2017)

Alison McGovern: I began the debate by explaining that it was cross party because the fate of refugees is a cause that belongs to no one political party, no one ideology and no one faction. I remain of that opinion after listening to Members’ contributions. Notwithstanding that, my right hon. Friend the Member for Hackney North and Stoke Newington (Ms Abbott), who has shown great courage in recent...

Unaccompanied Children (Greece and Italy) (23 Feb 2017)

Alison McGovern: rose—

Unaccompanied Children (Greece and Italy) (23 Feb 2017)

Alison McGovern: The Minister is laying out the Government’s priorities. Will he be clear about what he said about capacity in Greece? He said that we have 115 staff in Greece. How many of them are working on transfers to the UK?

Unaccompanied Children (Greece and Italy) (23 Feb 2017)

Alison McGovern: I beg to move, That this House has considered the Government’s support for the Syrian refugee crisis; commends the UK on its provision of aid to Syria and the region, the resettlement programmes and support to unaccompanied children in France; acknowledges that in 2016 over 30,000 unaccompanied children arrived by sea in Greece and Italy; notes that only 8 children were transferred from...

Unaccompanied Children (Greece and Italy) (23 Feb 2017)

Alison McGovern: My right hon. Friend makes a very good point, and one that I will direct to the Minister. It is his responsibility to answer that question today. The Government made two arguments to justify their decision. I will talk about pull factors later, but first, let me deal with local authority capacity. It is not true that there is no space left for Dubs children in local authority care. The Home...

Unaccompanied Children (Greece and Italy) (23 Feb 2017)

Alison McGovern: I thank the right hon. Gentleman for his question, which, again, the Minister must answer today. It is deeply depressing to start a debate that was supposed to focus on how to build on the Dubs amendment by having to fight the same fight over again. The debate is about how we can do more for the many unaccompanied child refugees stuck in Greece and Italy. The Minister will talk about the...

Unaccompanied Children (Greece and Italy) (23 Feb 2017)

Alison McGovern: As a Member of Parliament who also represents a port area of our country, I pay tribute to all those who work to keep our ports and our borders safe. I will come to the hon. Gentleman’s argument about a pull factor in a moment.

Unaccompanied Children (Greece and Italy) (23 Feb 2017)

Alison McGovern: The hon. Gentleman makes a very good point, with which many hon. Members will agree. To put it simply, the risk to children does not end when they reach dry land. The boat may be behind them, but the danger is not. The refugee camps, especially in Greece, are overflowing, with children being left outside, cold and alone. In Greece, only about half of all unaccompanied child refugees are in...


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