The Refugee Family Reunion Bill
SOS Children’s Villages UK is part of a coordinated coalition of NGOs campaigning for the Refugee Family Reunion Bill sponsored by Angus MacNeil MP to become law in the UK. The bill would give refugee children with leave to remain in the UK the right to be safely reunited with their family.
Current restrictive laws are denying vulnerable refugee children the opportunity to grow up with their family. As a result, hundreds of children are facing a future alone and without the family stability they need. Refugee children are often fleeing danger, war and political unrest – and laws in the UK are only adding to this suffering.
This bill, along with a similar House of Lords bill brought forward by Baroness Hamwee, are currently making their way through Parliament and are awaiting the approval of the Government. The success of the bills is therefore by no means certain, and we will be following this process closely to ensure refugee children are not denied the right to a family life.
Both bills call for refugee children to be reunited with their families by:
- Giving unaccompanied refugee children in the UK the right to sponsor their family members to join them
- Expanding the definition of ‘family’ to allow more refugees to be reunited with their family
- Reinstating legal aid for refugee family reunion cases
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