We should open our arms

I was concerned to read MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan's views on unaccompanied child refugees, (Berwick Advertiser, March 2).

Monday, 13th March 2017, 8:00 am
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 10:21 am

Whilst I understand that an increase in foster places would be helpful in terms of placing some of these children, I do not believe that it is the only solution to this problem.

I do not believe the refugees in France are “safe”. The 3,000 children who should be helped under the Dubs amendment are alone, cold and hungry. They are at risk of exploitation and abuse. It seems clear to me that if France is not helping them, the UK should set an example and provide a solution to their plight.

As the threat of Brexit rumbles on, we present ourselves as a very insular country. Instead, we should be opening our arms wide to these young people and offering them support when they need it most.

I hope that Mrs Trevelyan will vote for the amendments to legislation that may see the Dubs scheme kept open.

I also ask her to call a public meeting to ascertain what support the people of Northumberland may be prepared to offer to help these young people.

Not everyone is in a position to foster, but many Berwick constituents I have spoken to are appalled by the Government’s inaction on this issue and are willing to work together in their local communities to find solutions to this humanitarian crisis.

Caroline Fentiman