Lord Weidenfeld Fund offers to fund settlement of refugee children in UK


The Lord Weidenfeld fund has welcomed David Cameron’s decision to accept unaccompanied child refugees from Europe, and has offered to help finance them.

In a letter to the Prime Minister, the fund’s president Lord Woolf said: “The Weidenfeld Fund would like to offer a financial contribution towards the cost of those amongst them from the Christian minorities of the Middle East , in the memory of late Lord Weidenfeld.”

The offer comes after Mr Cameron said the government will not stand in the way of an amendment calling for Britain to take in unaccompanied refugee children who have already arrived in Europe.

Former Kindertransport refugee Lord Dubs had originally had his amendment to the immigration bill that would have seen the UK accept 3,000 child refugees rejected in a vote in the House of Commons last month.

MPs voted against the proposals to accept 3,000 children in a move similar to the kindertransport by 294 to 276.

But after criticism, the Prime Minister said he would accept the amendment now that it no longer included the figure of 3,000 children that it had originally asked for.

Lord Woolf said he hoped the fund and Initial offer of £100,000 would “demonstrate leadership and spur on others to make their own practical and financial contribution towards this effort.”

Before Lord Weidenfeld passed away last year he launched a rescue mission of up to 2,000 Christian families from Syria and Iraq.

Weidenfeld's Safe Havens Fund flew 150 Syrian Christians who were fleeing Daesh (sometimes known as Isis) to Warsaw on Friday to seek refuge in Poland.

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