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  1. As the UK government ends a scheme requiring us to take in vulnerable unaccompanied Syrian children trapped in Europe, this quote now seems apt on both sides of the atlantic…

    “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.”

    Tony Benn

    1. Desiderius Price

      Desiderius Price

      Wait, the UK were requiring people to take these in, as in driving up to a random house, and saying “congratulations, you’re now hosting a refugee?”  Certainly, I could see some encouragement ($$$) for being willing to host a kid (and probably the best way for the kid, to have some stable adults in their lives after an ordeal).  But a compulsory scheme could easily backfire...

    2. pippychick

      pippychick

      No, Des… the amendment to the legislation was requiring councils to take a share, so that the children would be safe, instead of being sexually exploited and whatever else in Calais, where they are currently alone.

      Councils called for volunteers, and there were reports of many volunteers, but no children were being allowed in for them to take in/foster. And now… they’re on their own. :(

    3. pippychick

      pippychick

      Where I live, at local Labour meetings, there was talk of us using the ward pot to refurbish an old community centre that used to be an orphanage, providing a refugee centre that would be a safe space, council run. We were just waiting for children… but the government has left them there in France.