Britain's existing commitments to take vulnerable refugees are under threat. The 'Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme' (VPRS) and the 'Vulnerable Children Resettlement Scheme' (VCRS) are due to expire in 2020 and the government has confirmed it will close its implementation of section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016 after it transfers 480 children from Europe.
Lord Dubs and the 'Safe Passage' organisation have recently launched a national campaign, called "80 years On - Our Turn" campaign, in memory of the Kindertransport that began 80 years ago this year. Between 1938 and 1939, the British people took in 10,000 refugee children from Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia, saving them from Nazi persecution.
The new campaign is looking to obtain an ambitious new commitment from the Government to resettle another 10,000 unaccompanied refugee children - 1,000 every year over the next ten years. It means every local authority across the country would only need to take in three unaccompanied refugee children every year for the next 10 years.
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The 'Liberal Democrats' believe that the British people would wish to show again the same great humanitarian spirit they demonstrated eighty years ago and are fully supportive of the campaign. The campaign reflects the essential humanity, decency and compassion of the British people.
The 'Liberal Democrats' are now calling on the Government to revive section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016, that commits the UK to welcoming unaccompanied refugee children, and then expand it to welcome 10,000 children over ten years.
In addition, on behalf of the 'North Dorset Liberal Democrats', I have drawn the attention of the Leader of 'Dorset County Council' to these matters.