Unaccompanied Refugee Children Sponsoring Relatives

Thank you for contacting me about the Immigration and Social Security Coordination Bill. The Bill will provide the legal framework for the future immigration system once the UK leaves the EU and is not intended to cover areas of law relating to asylum seekers and refugees.

The UK has a proud history of providing protection to those who need it and the Government is committed to delivering a fair and humane asylum system. All asylum claims lodged in the UK are carefully considered on their individual merits, and protection is granted where someone has a well-founded fear of persecution or serious harm on return to their country.

Children with refugee status in the UK cannot sponsor family members to join them. The Government wants to avoid creating any incentives for more children to risk dangerous journeys to the UK and believes the best interests of children are served by staying with their families, claiming asylum in the first safe country they reach and relying on safe and legal routes, for example through resettlement schemes.

Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.

Craig Whittaker MP

February 2019