Responding to the publication of the immigration bill, Peter Grigg, Director of Campaigns and Policy at The Children’s Society, said:
'The government have said this bill is about encouraging people who don’t have a legal right be in the UK to ‘go home’.
'But from our work with young refugees and migrants across the country, we know that for many children, returning home is just not possible.
Victims of trafficking
'Many are fleeing war and violence and others have been abandoned by their carers in this country. Some are victims of trafficking who have endured horrendous abuse. And for many undocumented children and young people, this is the only home they have ever known.
'We work with many children and young people who have been made homeless and exploited as a result of immigration restrictions. This bill will make it even harder for these children to access vital services including healthcare and housing.
'The government has a responsibility to protect all children, no matter where they were born or who their parents are, and it must take this responsibility seriously.'
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Notes to editors
- The Children’s Society wants to create a society where children and young people are valued, respected and happy. We are committed to helping vulnerable and disadvantaged young people, including children in care and young runaways. We give a voice to disabled children, help young refugees to rebuild their lives and provide relief for young carers. Through our campaigns and research, we seek to influence policy and perceptions so that young people have a better chance in life.