Let the children in!

Reuniting refugee children with their families

In 2016 more than 25,800 unaccompanied children put their lives in the hands of smugglers to reach Europe. Over 700 children died making the sea crossing to Italy.

Many of these children did not need to do this. Under EU laws, unaccompanied children with close relatives living in the UK can come legally and safely to live with their family members. Children are making perilous journeys across the Mediterranean because they are unaware of their rights and those that do know their rights are failed by a slow bureaucratic system.

 

We need to ensure that children are able to join with close family members in the UK, and that these children are made aware of this legal route so they don't have to face the danger of crossing the Mediterranean.

We, the Jewish community call on the government to:

  • Honour its commitment under EU law to take in lone refugee children with close relatives already in the UK. 

  • Work proactively with European governments to identify such children.

  • Make sure they understand their rights to family reunification.

  • Fast track their applications and bring them to the UK as swiftly as possible.

  • Extend the limited UK legal criteria to allow them to join not only their parents, but also grandparents, siblings, uncles or aunts.

What you can do:

  • Write to your MP and explain to them why refugee family reunion is so important. Find our handy template letter here.

  • Make noise on social media by sharing the hashtag '#LetTheChildrenIn'