Britain Denies Child Refugees, Accepted 350 Instead of the Promised 3,000
Children play in a puddle following heavy rainfall at a makeshift camp for migrants and refugees at the Greek-Macedonian border near the village of Idomeni, Greece, April 24, 2016. REUTERS/Alexandros Avramidis

Britain Denies Child Refugees, Accepted 350 Instead of the Promised 3,000

The “Dub Amendment” was named after Alfred Dub, who reportedly owed his life to Sir Nicholas Winton, a British humanitarian. Wonder what he would think of Britain now rejecting child refugees?

Alfred Dubs, who grew up in Britain and became a Labour member of the House of Lords, was saved from the hands of Adolf Hitler by Winton.

A memorial service was held for Winton where prime minister Theresa May spoke at, commending Winton as an “inspiration”, reported by Al Jazeera News. However those words do not echo the actions of the British government as a Brexit Britain is capitalized. Winton was known as “the British Oscar Schindler” due to his efforts in rescuing hundreds of Czech children, all Jews, from the Holocaust in the months before World War II.

On the eve of the war, just 70,000 Jews had been accepted for asylum in the UK, with an estimated half a million having applied and been turned back – many to their deaths, according to Al Jazeera News.

The Dub Amendment was supposed to welcome 3,000 refugees, but after stubbornly admitting only 350, the government stopped. The said amendment was announced inaudibly under the overpowering news on Brexit.

Britain Denies Child Refugees, Accepted 350 Instead of the Promised 3,000
The revision would have seen the UK take in 3,000 unaccompanied child refugees currently in refugee

Similarly, Syrian refugees are being refused entry, as they are forced to submit themselves to a war-torn country.

British ministers stress on needing to discourage young children refugees from taking dangerous journeys, but those words won’t stop the journeys: in fact, the words – with their attendant refusal to offer safe routes – make the journeys more dangerous.

Under the immigration law, Britain is required to reunite spouses, siblings, and parents with minors.

“The system is simply not working,” says Yvette Cooper, chair of Labour’s refugee task force. “The idea that lone child refugees could be caught in a nine-month bureaucratic limbo is just appalling.”

As of 2015, the number of people applying for asylum in the European Union has doubled to 1.2 million.

“The nail in the coffin for the 90 percent of child refugees who will now be turned away from Britain’s borders is the toxic anti-immigration atmosphere of post-Brexit Britain,” Alastair Sloan emphasizes in Al Jazeera News.

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