Andrew Bridgen calls on Government to ensure refugee family reunion policy does not create incentives for gangs to exploit vulnerable children

10th June 2019

Andrew Bridgen calls on the Government to ensure that any refugee family reunion policy does not create incentives for even more people to leave their homes and undertake an extremely dangerous journey in the hope that they can bring all their relatives to the UK at a later date.

Is my right hon. Friend as concerned as I am that in designing a refugee family reunion policy we do not create incentives that encourage even more people to leave their homes and undertake an extremely dangerous journey in the hope they will bring the rest of their relatives to our country at a later date?

My hon. Friend rightly raises the Government’s concern that allowing children to sponsor close family members might create incentives for more children to be encouraged or even forced to leave their families and risk a hazardous journey to the UK in order to sponsor relatives at a later date. I am sure he agrees that we absolutely want to avoid that because it could play into the hands of criminal gangs already exploiting vulnerable people.

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