Dear Prime Minister,
Coronavirus has made us all acutely aware of how painful it is to be separated from our loved ones. But we know this separation is temporary. Sadly, this is not the case for everybody.
For some children in the UK, being kept apart from the parents they so desperately need is an everyday reality – pandemic or not.
These children are vulnerable. They have been recognised as refugees by our Government, having fled war or persecution - dangers and horrors most of us will never be able to imagine.
But the UK’s current refugee family reunion rules say that these vulnerable child refugees cannot be reunited with their family members.
After finally reaching safety, many must now grapple with a future of insecurity, knowing they might never see their family again. Tragically, at a time when children need their parents the most, our current rules mean that child refugees in this country will be left to live their lives alone.
Everyone should be given the chance to rebuild their lives so they can have a safe and happy future. That is why I am supporting the Families Together campaign in calling for a change to the UK’s refugee family reunion rules.
You have the power to change lives. With just the stroke of a pen you could fix the rules and help bring families back together.