Kerry McCarthy Labour MP for Bristol East
I recently signed a joint letter to the Home Secretary on behalf of the Families Together Coalition on refugee family reunion. It’s now been nearly a year since the Refugees (Family Reunion) (No. 2) Bill was introduced into Parliament, with very little movement since, despite strong support for it. You can read the letter here: https://bit.ly/2FFWEOU
As the letter itself says, the current rules condemn child refugees fleeing conflict and persecution to live in the UK without their parents. It also prevents parents from bringing their children over the age of 18 over to join them. At a time when refugees need their families the most, they are forced to be without them indefinitely. We are calling on Sajid Javid to act to ensure that delays to the Bill are stopped so that there is adequate Parliamentary time to debate and vote on the Bill. I very much hope the Government will take note of this, so that action can be taken to reunite as many refugees with their families as possible.