Child Refugees

 

‘The Catholic Union regards the government’s change in policy on child refugees with dismay. The argument that the policy should be dropped because it is a ‘draw’ for refugees is profoundly disheartening. If that argument were to be taken to its logical conclusion we would never assist anyone in trouble. If you offer help, it is unsurprising that those who need it will accept your offer. It is also the argument most often used to justify unjust refugee policies. The Catholic Union notes that most expert opinion on the issue recognises that the current refugee crisis is manageable and could be solved if appropriate legal and institutional mechanisms were to be put in place to deal with it. We call on the government to take the lead and assist in a multilateral process finally to solve this issue which is a stain on the conscience of Europe.’