I Welcome campaign – Keep Refugee families together
Children are the only refugees in our asylum system who do not have the right to ask that close family members, such as their parents, join them in the UK. In contrast adult refugees in the UK do have the right to apply for their immediate family to join them. This is known as family reunion.
Amnesty thinks children should also have the right to family reunion and is asking the UK government to change the current immigration rules.
It is a good time to make this an issue for the government. The Home Office and Department for Education will soon be running a consultation on safeguarding unaccompanied children in the UK. This is a real opportunity to put this issue on the government’s agenda and tell them to stop separating refugee families and start helping them stay together.
- Youth groups refugee action.pdf