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The short version of this story is that Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, has said the Conservative Government is lying in its excuse for cutting off a scheme to help child refugees.

According to the Archbishop, ending the Dubs Amendment scheme will increase people-trafficking, along with much worse possibilities – and Theresa May’s government is turning its back on vulnerable children.

We already know that Mrs May has lied about the scheme. When it was introduced last year, she was happy to let us all believe that it would take 3,000 children – but at its closure it will have helped only slightly more than one-tenth of that number.

And we should all remember the words of the late, great Tony Benn:

The way a government treats refugees is very instructive because it shows you how they would treat the rest of us if they thought they could get away with it.”

More children will be trafficked, exploited and killed as a result of the closure of the Dubs refugee scheme, the Archbishop of Canterbury has warned.

He said: “Parents do not casually wake up one day and say, well the easiest thing to do is to send our children off by themselves. This is the symptom of a situation more extreme than anything that any of us can ever imagine.

“And at some point the vulnerability of these children must be recognised because the alternative is they will be trafficked – it’s not going to stop them being trafficked – and they will end up in brothels, they will end up in places where they are exploited, ill-treated, manipulated and very often finally killed.”

The so-called Dubs Amendment, named after its architect, Labour peer Lord Alf Dubs, requires the Government to relocate unaccompanied refugee children from other countries in Europe.

Controversy erupted when it emerged the scheme will come to an end after another 150 unaccompanied children are brought to Britain, on top of 200 who have already arrived, rather than the 3,000 campaigners and politicians had originally wanted.

The Archbishop said he was “saddened and shocked” at the decision and has insisted it is “deeply unjust” to leave the burden of caring for them on Italy and Greece, where thousands of refugees and migrants arrive from the conflict-ridden Middle East and north Africa.

He said he understood Home Secretary Amber Rudd’s argument that British and French authorities feared the scheme was acting as a “pull factor” for children to head to the UK, and that it provides opportunities for people-traffickers.

Source: Archbishop of Canterbury accuses Theresa May of sentencing child refugees to death

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