UK to take in vulnerable refugee children in 'exceptional cases'

Britain will take in refugee children who have become separated from their families in Syria and other conflicts, the Government has announced.

No figure has been put on how many children will be accepted, but the UK will work with the UN to identify "exceptional cases" where vulnerable children would benefit from protection.

The scheme will only apply to children still in conflict zones and not those who have already reached Europe, as officials do not want to encourage more people to attempt the dangerous sea crossing.

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Britain is set to assist vulnerable child refugees by allowing more of them into the UK, but the Prime Minister has not given an exact figure of how many will be helped.

David Cameron also said the majority will come from camps near Syria but charities say child refugees in Europe are in just as much need.


Lib Dem's Farron says child refugee offer is not enough

Tim Farron, the leader of the Liberal Democrats, has criticised David Cameron for refusing to take in vulnerable child refugees stuck in European refugee camps.

He said the Prime Minister’s pledge to help some children in “exceptional” circumstances was not enough.

The response to the humanitarian crisis was “not very human”, he told Good Morning Britain.

Mr Farron condemned the government for refusing to take in children who are already in Europe, saying suggestions that it could encourage more youths to take the risky journey are “pretty bogus”.

As far as I’m aware. I don’t think David Cameron has once visited the camps, he has not met any of these children and I have.

The notion that this is going to somehow going to encourage people to make the journey is untrue.

– Tim Farron

He said that Germany has taken one extreme position by pledging to welcome large number of refugees but said Britain has taken the opposite extreme.

“It is not only inhuman, it is also very foolish. When you’ve got a massive humanitarian crisis on your doorstep, to turn your back on it and pretend it isn’t happening is very bad politics as well as not being very human.”

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