Responding as a nation

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Some of the 12,000 Iraqi Yazidi refugee children in high spirits having left the province of north eastern Syria and being aided by the International Rescue Committee with medical care, shelter and games for the children.Credit@Flickr.

Britain plans to welcome 3,000 children from refugee resettlements, the international development committee shared, in a report which calls more to be done by the UK to provide for unaccompanied children.

David Cameron recently revealed an extensive plan for the UK to accept up to 20,000 refugees from Syria over the next five years, as released in an official document within the Government website by the policy and resource committee, which may highlight a national effort highlight for a vision that prioritises children; in particular from the civil-war setting of countries such as Syria.

The vast number estimated may highlight the current statistical situation of the migrant population, shedding light on the volume of unhoused children who require a place of safety, thus may benefit from the UK’s intervention plans. Charity Save the Children has led calls for refugee children living alone in Europe to be resettled in the UK and, the campaign has been backed by Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farren. This may provide a productive resolution for child aid, which may see the nation unite in order to provide children with a safer future.

Following Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s recent visit to Northern France’s migrant camp, children were amidst challenging weather conditions, and overpopulation. The findings may have contributed to a consensus amongst EU countries responding, with the long term solution of schemes such as ‘The Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme’ otherwise known as VPR.

The VPR scheme may be considered a palpable resolution for those considered most at risk, in this instance unaccompanied children. The UK scheme specialised for Syrian Nationals was published on the official UK Government website, outlining the aid in which they plan to commit. The programme’s benefits include, Humanitarian Protection with all the rights and benefits which go with this status, including access to public funds, access to the labour market and the possibility of family reunion. As well as this, the programme plans to provide shelter and safety for children considered a vital priority and able to triumph amidst the conditions of their livelihoods.

Other British schemes include the ‘wrist band’ scheme implemented by Clearsprings Ready Homes. which operate in the Welsh capital. Its bid to provide asylum seekers with wrist bands  may seek to identify individuals for their ‘three meals a day’ allowance, which may be considered one of many governmental schemes underway in order to respond to the growth in immigration in Britain this 2016. Schemes such as this have the ability to contribute to containing the refugee growth in Britain, in which the combination of charitable donation and political intervention may have the ability to successfully reach the UK’s ambitious 5-year-target to house 2,000 Syrian refugees by 2020-2021.

Government intervention schemes such as the VPR scheme may present a new sign of progress on the legislative subject of immigration which may have the ability to see a change in border controls, housing benefits and support funding for child refugees such as those fleeing from the Syrian civil-war.

Likewise, the EU’s immigration-related proposals may see an increase in solidarity amongst the UK and other European counties who may unite in resolution to the refugee influx. This may in turn affect the 2017’s EU referendum, seeing the UK remain or pull out as members of the European Union, which may in turn affect how migrant control may function in the future.  As well as this, EU’s unity may present a sense of solidarity and nationalism, with a shared vision in offering a safe future for children globally.

How may the UK’s response to migration for child refugees provide a larger sense of unity amongst Britain?

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