Lewes Liberal Democrats are lending their support to a petition designed to see unaccompanied child refugees settled in East Sussex.
2018 marks 80 years since British communities took in 10,000 unaccompanied child refugees fleeing Nazi persecution in Europe. Today, a new group of refugee children in Europe and beyond are in desperate need of safe routes to protection. LOSRAS (Lewes Organisation in Support of Refugees and Asylum Seekers) argues that East Sussex County Council can and should play a part in helping to bring these children to safety.
LOSRAS is a non-affiliated charity supporting and promoting the welfare of refugees and asylum seekers locally and further afield. A wholly voluntary organisation, LOSRAS provides practical support, including befriending and language teaching to refugees in the Lewes District. It also advocates for better support to this very vulnerable group.
As LOSRAS says,‘The plight of unaccompanied refugee children is a defining issue of our time, and we want Britain to be on the right side of history now, as it was 80 years ago. East Sussex can help make this happen.’
The charity has launched a petition [link] asking East Sussex County Council to agree to accept its fair share of unaccompanied asylum seeking children (“UASCs”) and to notify the Home Office of its readiness to accept responsibility for 10 children per year over the next 10 years. The number of 10 a year represents East Sussex’s share of the proposed national total of 10,000 children over the next 10 years.
Liberal Democrat poicy includes meeting our responsibilities by taking in unaccompanied child refugees, expanding the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme, ending indefinite immigration detention, offering asylum to people fleeing persecution because of sexual orientation or gender identification, and applying the asylum system fairly, efficiently and humanely. For more information go to https://www.libdems.org.uk/rights and scroll to the "immigration and asylum" link.
Seaford South Cllr Olivia Honeyman is asking all Lib Dem members and supporters to sign this important on-line petition, ‘At a time of financial constraints on local authority spending it is especially important that we do not forget our proud history of support for persecuted and desperate children.’