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Refugees: Children

Home Office written question – answered on 24th June 2016.

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Photo of Baroness Sheehan Baroness Sheehan Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the remarks by Lord Bates on 21 March (HL Deb, col 2149), what evidence they have that allowing child refugees to sponsor relatives would "create a situation that encourages children to risk hazardous journeys to and across Europe".

Photo of Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport), Parliamentary Under-Secretary

There are a range of factors that affect migrants decisions to leave their countries and travel across Europe to seek asylum. The Government believes that allowing children to sponsor relatives would create further incentives for children to be encouraged, or even forced, to leave their family and risk hazardous journeys to the UK in order to act as sponsors.

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