Brexit and the Refugee Crisis

Publication date

15 Jun 2017


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Millions of people are being forced from their homes by violence and persecution every year. In a refugee crisis on a scale not seen since the Second World War, lives have been lost, families scattered and children forced to fend for themselves.

As the UK government prepares to review its immigration policy in advance of Brexit, it is crucial that it recognizes that this vast crisis facing refugees will continue unless the UK plays its full part in international efforts to address the issue.

This report envisions what the refugee crisis might look like on the day the UK is currently set to leave the EU, 29 March 2019, if present trends and policies persist, and sets out what else the UK can do to help avoid this scenario - particularly for the families that are forced to live apart or take unthinkable risks to be reunited.