A bill is currently progressing through UK Parliament to broaden the scope of the family reunification provisions and bring them in line with many other countries in Europe; the UK rules are currently one of the two most restrictive in the EU. The proposed new rules would achieve three things:
- To allow child refugees, and well as adults, to sponsor family members to join them
- To expand the criteria of who qualifies as a family member for the purposes of refugee family reunion to include siblings, grandparents, aunts and uncles
- To reintroduce legal aid for family reunification claims, as navigating the process without legal help is extremely difficult
Care4Calais have joined a coalition of organisations that are campaigning together for this bill including the Refugee Council, the British Red Cross, Amnesty International and Oxfam.
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