HELP BRING REFUGEE FAMILIES BACK TOGETHER
8 March 2018
On 16 March the Refugee Reunion Bill will be debated in Parliament.
Under current UK legislation, parents can’t sponsor their adult children to join them. Refugees are unable to bring elderly relatives to live with them in safety. And refugee children already in the UK have no right to sponsor their family’s safe passage - the UK is one of only two European countries to deny them this right.
These restrictive rules are leaving refugees isolated, traumatised and alone in the UK, knowing that the people they love still face untold dangers in other countries.
Elmbridge CAN volunteer, Vicki Felgate, said:
“I met an incredible group of young refugees at our summer activity camp last year and heard first hand their desperate hopes for being reunited with their families. But under current UK law this can never happen. Instead we’re forcing them to live apart from parents and loved ones in a care system that is overstretched and not able to provide the love and support they need to recover from their trauma.”
The Family Reunion Bill could change all of this. But it needs MPs from across parties to vote in favour of new, fairer rules to reunite families.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Email your MP and ask them to vote to ensure refugees in the UK can be reunited with their families.
Help Refugees has created a useful template letter that you could use and adapt.
Please write to your MP today and let’s help bring families back together.