The so-called Dubs Amendment – a scheme that requires the government to relocate unaccompanied refugee children from other countries in Europe – is set to close.
Bishop Paul McAleenan welcomed the Dubs amendment when it was brought into the Immigration Act of 2016. In reaction to the news that the scheme may be closed, Bishop McAleenan reiterates the importance of caring for the most vulnerable in our world:
“The entire international community has a duty to protect refugees, especially unaccompanied children who are often most vulnerable to exploitation or trafficking.
“In addition to its aid and resettlement programmes in the region, I hope that our government will continue working with other European countries to identify and support unaccompanied children on their journey to safety.
“The Catholic community also has a role to play by praying for all those who have been forced to flee their homes and by supporting action to relieve this crisis.”