Charity staff threatened for helping child refugees

Charity staff threatened for helping child refugees

Charity workers and volunteers have been threatened for helping refugee children arriving in England.

Staff at Kent Refugee Action Network have alerted police after receiving disturbing phone calls and are regularly abused on social media for coming to the aid of unaccompanied minors as young as 14 – some of whom make perilous journeys across the Channel.

Home Secretary Priti Patel last month announced the “most significant overhaul of our immigration system in decades” but charity spokesperson Bridget Chapman says the “toxic language” surrounding refugees could explain the backlash against its work and says politicians must take their share of the blame for stoking tensions.

The Home Office did not respond to specific questions about the language used by government ministers and politicians towards refugees but said: “We are fixing our broken asylum system to make it firm and fair.”

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Geoff Bew

Freelance journalist and SquashMad.com contributor, currently studying MA in Journalism at Brighton University.

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