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UNICEF UK response to growing pressure to support unaccompanied child refugees in Europe

Lily Caprani, Deputy Executive Director at Unicef UK, responded to the recent increased pressure on the Government to support unaccompanied child refugees in Europe

“Right now, there are hundreds of lone refugee children in Europe who have families here in the UK. Every day these children are in Europe they are left unprotected and vulnerable to exploitation, harm and abuse.

“UNICEF is calling on the Government to take immediate action to protect unaccompanied children at risk in Europe. The Government must use this opportunity to beef up and accelerate the existing processes that allow child refugees to be reunited with their families. It’s taking too long for children to reach their families under the current rules.

“Any decisions to resettle children must be done with a clear understanding of their best interests. But it’s clear that more needs to be done, both here and in Europe, to ensure these children are getting access to their legal right to be with their families and have their cases expedited.”

Lily Caprani is available for interviews.

For further information please contact:

Unicef UK Press Office +44 (0)20 7375 6030 media@unicef.org.uk

About UNICEF

Unicef is the world’s leading organisation for children, promoting the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.  

Unicef UK raises funds to protect children in danger, transform their lives and build a safer world for tomorrow’s children.  As a registered charity we raise funds through donations from individuals, organisations and companies and we lobby and campaign to keep children safe. Unicef UK also runs programmes in schools, hospitals and with local authorities in the UK. For more information please visit unicef.org.uk

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