Government increases Dubs numbers before Help Refugees legal challenge

The Home Office has today announced that it is increasing the number of unaccompanied refugee children to be admitted to the United Kingdom from Europe under the Dubs Amendment from 350 to 480.   


In a written statement made on 26 April 2016 the Minister of State for Immigration, Robert Goodwill, announced that the initial figure given by the Government was incorrect because a pledge from one region to take 130 children had been missed.


The Government’s announcement that it will increase the number by over a third comes before the High Court hears Help Refugees’ legal challenge to the consultation process by which the Government determined the number of children to be admitted.


Help Refugees are represented in their legal challenge by Laura Dubinsky leading Rowena Moffatt and Alex Gask of Doughty Street Chambers and Edward Craven of Matrix Chambers, instructed by Leigh Day Solicitors.


The AIRE Centre, a third party intervener in the case, is represented by Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC leading Katie O' Byrne and assisted by Jennifer Robinson, also of Doughty Street Chambers, instructed by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. 


Josephine Naughton, one of the founders of Help Refugees said “We welcome this increase in the Dubs number. Without the scrutiny and disclosure that our litigation forced upon the Home Office, the Home Office’s extraordinary error – missing 130 places for children when it only allocated 350 in total - would not have come to light. We think that this is far from the only flaw in the consultation process. We continue to push for the reopening of the consultation process and further revision of the number of these extremely vulnerable children to be admitted.”


Rosa Curling, from Leigh Day Solicitors said: “Help Refugees is challenging the Government’s consultation as inadequate and the specified number as arbitrary.  This is an important victory in our legal case and a vindication of our criticisms of the Government’s approach.  We believe that this very serious error is symptomatic of a deeply flawed consultation process.”

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