More than 220 church leaders from across the UK have signed a petition opposing the Government’s decision to stop a resettlement programme for child refugees.

More than 220 church leaders from across the UK have signed a petition opposing the Government’s decision to stop a resettlement programme for child refugees.

The church leaders call on the Government to ‘open the door again to refugee children’ and offer their help in resettling them.

The Home Office’s low-key announcement last Wednesday said the scheme to resettle unaccompanied child refugees under Lord Dubs’ amendment to the 2016 immigration bill would stop at the end of March.

The Immigration minister Robert Goodwill said 200 children had arrived so far and another 150 would follow before the end of March. But he added that no further places were available with local authorities.

The petition, which this afternoon had gained 228 signatures, was coordinated by the Christian charity Home for Good.

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