I pledged my support for refugees in the UK.

During Refugee Week I pledged my support for refugee rights at a briefing on the global refugee crisis in Westminster.

The briefing was held to mark Refugee Week, a national event which celebrates the contribution of refugees to the UK and encourages a better understanding between communities.

It was hosted by international children’s charity SOS Children’s Villages UK and other representatives from the Families Together coalition, the British Red Cross and Oxfam, and aimed to inform MPs about the ‘Refugee Family Reunion’ Bill currently making its way through the House of Commons.

The briefing included contributions from experts on the child refugee crisis such as social worker Marton Bisztrai, who leads SOS Children’s Villages mobile outreach team for child refugees and their families in Hungary.

The UK often denies refugee children the opportunity to be joined by their closest relatives. Instead, children are forced to rebuild their lives in a new country without their parents to support them.

I am proud to support Refugee Week and lend my voice to calls to make sure that children who have escaped war and disaster to seek sanctuary in the UK are not prevented from being reunited with their families.

I firmly believe that this is an issue the government must take notice of. Our current immigration regulations are unfair and are enforcing the separation of families.

Children now account for half of the world’s refugees. Many are travelling the world’s key migrant routes in search of a safe haven, where they will be exposed to extreme risks. At least 300,000 of them are facing these dangers alone, having lost or been separated from their parents. I urge the Government to do all it can to prevent these children facing these terrible circumstances.

Jared O'Mara