Catherine West MP is urging constituents to write a welcome message for lone child refugees arriving in the UK. Almost 2,000 unaccompanied children have arrived in the UK this year, many of whom have fled wars and persecution.
Save the Children’s campaign calls on members of the public to write a welcome message, which will be printed in books being distributed across the UK to help these children learn English. This will help children to integrate in their new communities, and to learn and thrive.
Catherine wrote a message on Tuesday and is now asking residents of Hornsey & Wood Green to join the two thousand campaigners that have already taken part.
After the traumatic experiences child refugees have been through, it’s vital these vulnerable children feel safe, and get help to build a new life. Save the Children has teamed up with Pearson, the world’s largest education company, to give child refugees arriving in the UK a welcome gift - a special pack of books, appropriate to their age and ability, to help them learn English. 7,000 books are being delivered in the weeks leading up to Christmas.
To make these children feel truly welcome, members of the public are being encouraged to write a personal ‘welcome to the UK’ message to be printed into every pack of books.
Catherine West MP said: "I'm delighted to support Save the Children’s campaign to welcome child refugees in the UK. These children have been through so much - fleeing conflict and persecution. I’m glad that the UK can help provide them with a safe home and a fresh start.”
“As winter sets in I remain concerned about the plight of child refugees in Europe who are all alone and have no family with them. I’m supporting Save the Children’s call on the UK government to offer to relocate up to 3,000 of these children to the UK”
Anyone can join the campaign by submitting their message online:
The brutal war in Syria has forced more than 10 million people – half the population – to flee their homes. While most have fled to other parts of Syria or neighbouring countries, many children and their families are travelling across Europe, in search of a safe place to call home.
The refugee crisis is the worst humanitarian crisis since the second world war and families are also fleeing conflict and persecution in Afghanistan, Iraq and Eritrea, amongst other countries outside of Syria.
Working along these migration routes, the charity is providing food, warm clothes and psychological care to children travelling long and dangerous journeys. Many report having been beaten, tortured and sexually abused during their journey. The children that make it to the UK need specialist support because they have travelled alone, without their parents.
Save the Children is calling on the UK government to offer to give a home to up to 3,000 children who have fled to Europe without their parents.
Post your welcome message here and it will be printed into a book and given to a refugee child in the UK in time for Christmas: