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Britain sees criticism for limiting lone child refugees to 300

The Conservative government has placed a limit on the number of lone child refugees it will accept into the country, citing fears that people traffickers were exploiting the system.

Published: 09th February 2017 07:51 PM  |   Last Updated: 09th February 2017 07:51 PM   |  A+A-

By Associated Press

LONDON: Britain's Conservative government has placed a limit on the number of lone child refugees it will accept into the country, citing fears that people traffickers were exploiting the system.

Some 350 children will be allowed in — far fewer than the 3,000 originally expected under the law that had been aimed at helping some of the tens of thousands of migrant children across Europe. Some 200 children have been brought in thus far.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd said Thursday the decision was made after France raised concerns that U.K. government actions were acting as a draw to encourage children to make the perilous journey to the continent.

"We are not saying we are closing the door, we are putting up the drawbridge," she said. "We are not saying that."

The move is controversial because Britain has taken in so few of the hundreds of thousands of refugees that have flowed into Europe in recent years, many fleeing the war in Syria.

Lawmakers in the House of Commons accused Rudd of trying to more closely align the country with President Donald Trump's ban on travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries, including Syria, a move that has sparked protests in the U.S. and abroad.

"Is this what comes of cozying up to President Trump?" asked Joanna Cherry of the Scottish National Party.Opposition lawmakers also accused Britain's Home Office of trying to sneak through the changes on Wednesday, when lawmakers were debating the highly charged bill that will allow Prime Minister Theresa May to trigger Britain's departure from the 28- nation European Union.

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