Former child refugee Lord Dubs says Britain must to do more to help migrant children

Lord Alf Dubs on the plight of child refugees after House of Lords report

Britain must do more to help child refugees, says Lord Dubs

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Former child refugee Lord Dubs has insisted Britain must offer protection to more unaccompanied children fleeing from conflict in Syria and other war-ravaged areas of the Middle East.

His comments follow a damning report from the House of Lords, claiming Britain is shirking its responsibility to care for thousands of migrant children across Europe, dismissing them as "someone else's problem". 

Lord Dubs has a personal interest in the welfare of child refugees. Born in Prague, in what was then Czechoslovakia, the six-year-old Alfred Dubs was, in 1938, one of 669 Czech children put on trains bound for London to escape the Nazi invasion. 

This journey was made as part of the kindertransport programme, an organised rescue effort that took place during the nine months prior to the outbreak of World War II, and was backed for by British stockbroker Sir Nicholas Winton. 

"The report confirms all our worst fears," Lord Dubs told Jonny Gould and Ash. 

"There are these young people, particularly in Greece, Italy, and 'The Jungle' in Calais, who are at risk. 

"They are in danger of being dragged into criminality or prosititution, terrible things could happen to them.

"We as a country owe them something."

Listen to Lord Dubs' thoughts above