Today I contributed to a debate held in the House of Commons in response to an urgent question tabled by Yvette Cooper MP regarding the closure of the Dubs programme for unaccompanied child refugees. There will also be a posting on my main blog about this important issue; below you can read the text of my contribution to the debate or watch the video at the bottom of this page.

Thangam Debbonaire: A two-tier – in fact a multi-tier – system in response to refugees and asylum seekers is emerging with incomprehensible contradictions and many vulnerabilities, particularly for children. In order to live up to the well-deserved reputation – that we should be proud of as a nation – for those fleeing war and persecution who see us as a place of safe haven; and to do our best for the fair share of thousands who are arriving in Europe – desperate but with huge potential to offer this country – will she commit to appointing a Minister for Refugees and Integration?

Amber Rudd: I have a substantial ministerial team and an excellent immigration minister. I don’t see the need at the moment for additional ministers, but of course I will keep it under review.

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