Jackie Schneider, founder of Merton Welcomes Refugees and Labour’s PPC welcomed Merton Council’s pledge to take on more child refugees. The council made the pledge officially at an event on Tuesday 7 May at Southwark Cathedral.
Merton has already taken in 31 child refugees. The council was approached by charity Safe Passage to increase its commitment of 30 over the next ten years to 50.
It was part of the organisation’s Our Turn campaign to secure pledges from local authorities to take in at-risk child refugees.
This move comes 80 years after British communities took in 10,000 unaccompanied child refugees fleeing Nazi persecution in Europe. As part of the pledge, in the next month Merton Council will also welcome two children under “The Dubs Amendment” which was passed in 2016 to offer unaccompanied refugee children safe passage to Britain.
In June 2016, Alf Dubs attended a rally on Wimbledon Common, organised by Merton Welcomes Refugees.
"We think our duty to children worldwide is such that we want to do all we can." Stephen Alambritis, Leader of Merton Council