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UK failing in its ‘humanitarian’ obligation to provide protection for vulnerable child refugees, says SNP

Home Office is set to fail in its commitment to resettle 3,000 vulnerable refugee children by 2020.

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SNP MP Stuart McDonald has demanded that the UK Government steps up its humanitarian efforts after figures revealed that the Home Office is set to fail in its commitment to resettle 3,000 vulnerable refugee children by 2020.

By September 2019, a total of 1,712 vulnerable children had been resettled across the UK – well short of the UK Government’s commitment.

Since 2014, 3,240 Syrian refugees of all ages have been resettled in Scotland – fleeing conflict in their home country.

The Scottish Government welcomed the 2,000th Syrian refugee at the end of 2017 – meeting its Vulnerable Person Resettlement Scheme target three years ahead of schedule.

But the SNP believes that “much more” needs to be done to help those trying to escape crisis and persecution.

SNP MP Stuart McDonald said: “Scotland has a long history of welcoming refugees and asylum seekers into our communities. Our society has always been enriched by welcoming those in need.

“Inclusivity and compassion should be the driving principles of our humanitarian efforts.

“Most of us cannot begin to imagine the hardship faced by those who have had their safety, freedom and way of life uprooted by conflict and violence beyond their control.

“The ‘hostile environment’, the Windrush scandal, the ‘Go Home’ vans, inhumane lock change evictions, detention of children and pregnant women at Dungavel – these are the legacies of an uncaring and poisonous immigration agenda and failed asylum system imposed by successive callous Tory Governments.

“The Tories look set to have fallen well short of their target to resettle refugee children – the most vulnerable people imaginable.

“Scotland can and must do better. With Scotland’s future in Scotland’s hands, we can build a fairer, better society with human rights and basic human kindness at its heart.”

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