The U.K. government announced Thursday that it will take an extra 3,000 “at-risk” child refugees from camps in the Middle East and North Africa over the next four years.
The new “children at risk” scheme is in addition to the 20,000 Syrian refugees it had already agreed to allow into the U.K. by 2020.
The scheme will not offer places to Syrian child refugees already in Europe.
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#Breaking UK to take 3,000 more child refugees in 'largest resettlement programme for children in the world' from Syria region – Government
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“The U.K. Government is committed to providing life-saving support and assistance to the vulnerable children who have been unjustly impacted by this ongoing humanitarian crisis,” Immigration Minister James Brokenshire said.
“We have always been clear that the vast majority of vulnerable children are better off remaining in host countries in the region so they can be reunited with surviving family members. However, there are exceptional circumstances in which it is in a child’s best interests to be resettled in the U.K.,” he added.