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Family Reunification For Refugees

EDM number 561 in 2015-16, proposed by Caroline Lucas on 21/10/2015.
Categorised under the topics of Asylum and Children and families.

That this House notes that refugees have a legal right under UK and international law to be reunited with their families; further notes that refugees seeking reunion are often faced with extreme levels of stress and anxiety, which are only worsened by separation and isolation from their loved ones who remain frequently in desperate and dangerous circumstances overseas; recognises that family reunification provides a safe and legal route of entry to the UK at a time of deepening concern that the Government is failing to respond appropriately to the refugee crisis by not taking-in a fair and proportionate share of refugees, both from within the EU and outside; notes that reports from the British Red Cross find that family reunion cases are not straightforward, that only those refugees with specialist legal support are successful in their applications, and that the costs are unaffordable for the vast majority of refugees; is concerned that reunification cases are inaccurately and unfairly treated as straightforward immigration cases; calls for the Government to reform and widen the definition of family under the reunion rules so that it includes children over 18 years of age, siblings, grandparents and adopted children, and allows for adults abroad to be reunited with children in the UK; urges the Government to find innovative and flexible ways for family members to apply for reunion overseas so that they are not put in harm's way; and further calls for the Government to reinstate legal aid for family reunion cases as a matter of urgency.

This motion has been signed by a total of 51 MPs.

Caroline Lucas21/10/2015Brighton, PavilionGreenProposed
Thangam Debbonaire21/10/2015Bristol WestLabourSeconded
Alistair Carmichael21/10/2015Orkney and ShetlandLiberal DemocratSeconded
Stuart McDonald21/10/2015Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch EastScottish National PartySeconded
Gavin Newlands22/10/2015Paisley and Renfrewshire NorthScottish National PartySeconded
Neil Gray22/10/2015Airdrie and ShottsScottish National PartySeconded
Joanna Cherry22/10/2015Edinburgh South WestScottish National PartySigned
Martyn Day22/10/2015Linlithgow and East FalkirkScottish National PartySigned
Chris Law22/10/2015Dundee WestScottish National PartySigned
John McNally22/10/2015FalkirkScottish National PartySigned
Drew Hendry22/10/2015Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and StrathspeyScottish National PartySigned
John Nicolson22/10/2015East DunbartonshireScottish National PartySigned
Margaret Ritchie22/10/2015South DownSocial Democratic and Labour PartySigned
Mark Durkan22/10/2015FoyleSocial Democratic and Labour PartySigned
Alan Meale22/10/2015MansfieldLabourSigned
Mary Glindon22/10/2015North TynesideLabourSigned
Richard Arkless23/10/2015Dumfries and GallowayScottish National PartySigned
Paul Blomfield23/10/2015Sheffield CentralLabourSigned
David Anderson26/10/2015BlaydonLabourSigned
Jim Shannon26/10/2015StrangfordDUPSigned
Paul Flynn26/10/2015Newport WestLabourSigned
Phil Boswell26/10/2015Coatbridge, Chryston and BellshillScottish National PartySigned
Patrick Grady26/10/2015Glasgow NorthScottish National PartySigned
Tommy Sheppard26/10/2015Edinburgh EastScottish National PartySigned
Yasmin Qureshi26/10/2015Bolton South EastLabourSigned
Ruth Cadbury26/10/2015Brentford and IsleworthLabourSigned
Tasmina Sheikh26/10/2015Ochil and South PerthshireScottish National PartySigned
Stephen Gethins26/10/2015North East FifeScottish National PartySigned
Kate Osamor27/10/2015EdmontonLabour/Co-operativeSigned
Ian Blackford27/10/2015Ross, Skye and LochaberScottish National PartySigned
George Kerevan27/10/2015East LothianScottish National PartySigned
Lisa Cameron27/10/2015East Kilbride, Strathaven and LesmahagowScottish National PartySigned
Hywel Williams27/10/2015ArfonPlaid CymruSigned
Mark Williams27/10/2015CeredigionLiberal DemocratSigned
Alison Thewliss27/10/2015Glasgow CentralScottish National PartySigned
Corri Wilson28/10/2015Ayr, Carrick and CumnockScottish National PartySigned
Hannah Bardell28/10/2015LivingstonScottish National PartySigned
Carol Monaghan28/10/2015Glasgow North WestScottish National PartySigned
Kirsten Oswald28/10/2015East RenfrewshireScottish National PartySigned
Deidre Brock29/10/2015Edinburgh North and LeithScottish National PartySigned
Paul Monaghan29/10/2015Caithness, Sutherland and Easter RossScottish National PartySigned
Liz Saville Roberts29/10/2015Dwyfor MeirionnyddPlaid CymruSigned
Mhairi Black29/10/2015Paisley and Renfrewshire SouthScottish National PartySigned
Angela Crawley03/11/2015Lanark and Hamilton EastScottish National PartySigned
Philippa Whitford04/11/2015Central AyrshireScottish National PartySigned
Norman Lamb06/11/2015North NorfolkLiberal DemocratSigned
Tom Brake16/11/2015Carshalton and WallingtonLiberal DemocratSigned
Owen Thompson16/11/2015MidlothianScottish National PartySigned
Greg Mulholland17/11/2015Leeds North WestLiberal DemocratSigned
John Pugh17/11/2015SouthportLiberal DemocratSigned
Helen Hayes05/01/2016Dulwich and West NorwoodLabourSigned

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