UK Government considers call to take in 3,000 refugee children

Justine Greening, the International Development Secretary, has said ministers are considering the move to admit 3,000 unaccompanied refugee children who have made it into Europe, as part of its response to the migrant crisis.

Whilst no decisions have been made yet, Greening maintained the government was considering whether it ‘could do more’.

Greening made the comment on Sky News and assured that children ‘have always been at the heart of our response’ and added ‘I think that is the right thing’.

Statistics show that around 26,000 unaccompanied children arrived in Europe in 2015, with many disappearing and at risk to falling prey to people-traffickers, drug dealers and other abusers.

The call to take in 3,000 children would be in addition to the 20,000 refugees the UK has already pledged to admit directly from refugee camps over the next five years.