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Apology to Former Child Migrants by the British Government (24 February 2010)

  • Child Migrant Apology

    Child Migrant Apology, 24 February 2010, courtesy of Downing St, YouTube.
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24 February 2010
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24 February 2010

On 24 February 2010, the British Government apologised to former child migrants from Britain who had been sent 'to the colonies' as children. Many children were sent to Western Australia and some of them were funded by the British Government to go to London and hear the Prime Minister's statement in person.

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In his statement to the House of Commons, Prime Minister Gordon Brown said:

We are sorry that they were allowed to be sent away at the time they were most vulnerable. We are sorry that instead of caring for them, this country turned its back, and we are sorry that the voices of these children were not always heard and their cries for help not always heeded. We are sorry that it has taken so long for this important day to come, and for the full and unconditional apology that is justly deserved to be given.

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Child Migration Statement
Title
Child Migration Statement
Type
Video
Date
24 February 2010
Source
Parliament of the United Kingdom

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Child Migrant Apology - Response
Title
Child Migrant Apology - Response
Type
Video
Date
24 February 2010
Source
Downing St, YouTube

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Child Migrant Apology
Title
Child Migrant Apology
Type
Video
Date
24 February 2010
Source
Downing St, YouTube

Details

Sources used to compile this entry: Prime Minister's Statement: Child Migration, Parliament of the United Kingdom, 25 February 2010, http://www.parliament.uk/business/news/2010/02/prime-ministers-statement-child-migration/.

Prepared by: Debra Rosser