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Further 3,000 refugees to be taken in by Britain

By Hayden Smith

Published 22/04/2016

Britain will welcome another 3,000 refugees under a new resettlement scheme, the Government has announced. File image
Britain will welcome another 3,000 refugees under a new resettlement scheme, the Government has announced. File image

Britain will welcome another 3,000 refugees under a new resettlement scheme, the Government has announced.

The majority of those arriving will be children, with some accompanied by their families or carers.

It was billed as the "largest programme in the world" for children from the Middle East and North Africa, but the move failed to satisfy demands for the UK to give refuge to youngsters who are stranded in Europe. The programme is in addition to the 20,000 Syrians that the Government has already committed to resettling from the region surrounding the war-torn country by 2020.

Under the new scheme, several hundreds of individuals will be resettled over the next year, with up to 3,000 being given refuge over the lifetime of the Parliament.

The initiative will not only target unaccompanied children but will be extended to vulnerable children at risk - such as those threatened with child labour, marriage and other forms of abuse or exploitation.

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