Friday, April 29, 2016

What can you do to help refugee children in Europe!

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Tonight thousands of refugee children will sleep rough on the streets of Europe. 10,000 refugee children have already gone missing in Europe and we are worried that this number will rise unless we take action to support these children and welcome some of them to the UK.

Where are we now?

On Monday MPs voted against Lord Dubs’ amendment to take in 3000 children by a majority of 18 votes. This was obviously a big disappointment, but the House of Lords have passed another amendment which will ask the government to resettle a specified number of children in consultation with local councils

What next and what can YOU do?

The new amendment will be debated by MPs around the 9th May. We need your help to show MPs that refugees are welcome in the UK. You genuinely have the power to make a practical difference. Big votes on refugee issues are rare in Parliament and this is one where individual MP’s votes really matter. We’ve put together a list of things that you and your friends and family can do in the run up to this important vote.

Five things you can do right now!

1. Sign the petition and encourage your friends and family to do the same by sharing it on social media.

2. Post on social media – See example tweets below and links you can share at the end of this article.

3. Tweet directly at your MP.Find your MP If you are still at University its worth checking how both of MP at home and at University voted on the amendment

Most MPs look at their own Twitter so will see if you mention them in a tweet. Here are a few suggested tweets and don’t forget to @your MP

4. Have a chat – Talk to your friends and family about this issue. Let them know how important this is to you and what you are doing to act. You never know, they might just do the same!

5. Email your MP – If you find that either of your MPs voted against the amendment please write to them asking them to change their mind. STAR has put together a model e-mail which you can use.

Got a bit longer?

Write a letter to your MP

You can print out our template email or write your own letter. Be sure to give them your address and ask for a written response. You could also tell them a bit about your own personal experiences working with refugees and why issue matters to you.

Watch and share this documentary

BBC 3 recently made a really moving documentary about unaccompanied child refugees in Europe which is well worth a watch! Get your friends and family to watch it with you, and let others know what you thought by sharing it on social media.

At university? Why not write an article for your student newspaper

Why not put together an article telling other students about the work that you do with refugees and let them know how they can push for their MP to vote in favour of the new amendment to the immigration bill. If you want any help doing this, feel free to drop us a message!

Useful links:

You can watch some of the speeches from the debate on the 1st Lord Dubs amendment here: http://parliamentlive.tv/event/index/1d776a62-25a3-41bf-a2b5-6114eff97ec4?in=21:07:34

Article from Tory MP who voted against the Government:
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/apr/27/refugees-children-at-risk-voted-tory-whip-stephen-phillips

Life for children in the Calais camps:
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/apr/29/they-are-falling-apart-the-fate-of-lone-children-in-calais-refugee-camp?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Daily Mail comment piece on why the Government should back the Dubs Amendment:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-3562690/DAILY-MAIL-COMMENT-Mail-s-robust-migration-lost-children-sanctuary.html

Other useful links about the current situation:

https://www.buzzfeed.com/emilyashton/dont-walk-on-by?utm_term=.nwP90Ram7#.xeMpWv1×5

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/the-governments-cowardice-over-the-plight-of-child-refugees-puts-britain-to-shame-a7001936.html

https://www.facebook.com/TheIndependentOnline/videos/10153612403301636/?fref=nf

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/my-grandfathers-life-was-saved-by-the-kindertransport-but-as-child-refugees-they-would-have-been-a7003161.html#commentsDiv

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/apr/19/refugee-babies-milk-supplies-greek-detention-centre-chios

Posted by STAR team on 29/04/2016 at 01:30 PM