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10,000 reasons to open borders—report slams Tories for abandoning child refugees

Issue No. 2514

Some 10,000 refugee children have disappeared, potentially into exploitation and abuse, due to Britain’s “deplorable” refusal to let them in.

A damning report by the House of Lords European Union (EU) Committee slammed the Tories’ border policy on Tuesday.

It accused EU countries of playing “pass the parcel” with child refugees, treating them as “somebody else’s problem”.

They are forced into “deplorable and squalid” conditions—particularly in camps near Britain’s border in northern France.

The largest in Calais is now as big as it’s ever been with a population of more than 7,000. At least two people died there in the last week.

The Lords report found a “wealth of evidence” of a culture of disbelief from British authorities.

Child refugees are assumed to be lying about their age or their circumstances. Some 127 minors—some as young as 14—were wrongly classed as adults.

Many are held in “scary” and “distressing” detention centres.

The Tories have so far allowed in just 20 migrant children under a new law passed in May after mass campaigning.

Theresa May this week axed the position of minister for Syrian refugees created less than a year ago.

Ending the horrific plight of refugees means forcing the Tories to open the border and let them in safely.


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