There’s a rumour going round that any Syrian child brought to the UK under the refugee programme announced by David Cameron yesterday will be deported when they turn 18.
It’s the product of Paddy Ashdown, former Lib Dem leader, who yesterday tweeted: “Minister in the Lords just confirmed refugee orphans and children brought in under Cameron’s scheme will be deported at age 18.”
He made similar statements on the Today programme this morning, saying the government position had changed overnight. He wasn’t quite right the first time and he certainly wasn’t right the second time, but he’s raising something important which we rarely talk about: how Britain treats young refugees when they turn 18.
First, what did he get wrong? Well, they won’t necessarily be deported at 18 and it’s unhelpful to suggest otherwise. Secondly, there was no change of position overnight.
During the Lords debate, Lord Wallace asked:
“When we hear about the fact that we will give priority to vulnerable children includingRead More »from The deportation game: What happens when refugees turn 18?