The Refugee Family Reunion Bill was Passed

16 March 2018

Today our team was in parliament for the debate and vote on the Refugee Family Reunion Bill… and it was passed!!!

We can’t believe it.

This takes us a giant step closer to reuniting refugee families.

The bill asked for:

1. Child refugees in the UK to have the right to bring their parents and siblings legally and safely to the UK

2. An expansion of who qualifies as family…so young people over 18 and elderly parents too (they are not currently eligible for reunification)

3. Legal aid to help refugees afford to navigate the complicated process of being reunited with their family.

We needed at least 100 MPs to vote in order for the bill to pass, and we got 129 (both Labour and Conservative!)

It was amazing to listen to the passionate, heartfelt speeches from both sides and a super tense experience, with an amazing outcome! (And we even got to meet Jeremy Corbyn!!!)

There’s still a long road to go…it will now go to committee, where it may well get amended, then come back for a final vote at third reading…but it’s still a huge step in the right direction!

Thank you to everyone who wrote to their MP and supported bringing #FamiliesTogether.

What a great start to the weekend!