The UK is to take in 3,000 more vulnerable child refugees from the war torn-Syria region by 2020.
The government called the move the “largest resettlement programme for children in the world”.
It is in addition to UK prime minister David Cameron’s pledge to take 20,000 refugees by 2020.
The scheme will not solely target unaccompanied children, but will also extend to vulnerable “children at risk”, a spokesman said.
Immigration Minister James Brokenshire said: “We have always been clear that the vast majority of vulnerable children are better off remaining in host countries in the region so they can be reunited with surviving family members. However, there are exceptional circumstances in which it is in a child’s best interests to be resettled in the UK.
“We have engaged with a number of NGOs, including the UNHCR on the best way to provide protection to refugee children and ensure their welfare and safety remain at the heart of every decision made.”
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