UK apologises for suffering of its abused child migrants

Angus Hohenboken; 25/2/10

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown apologised last night for Britain’s role in sending thousands of children to Australia to face psychological and physical abuse and forced labour. An estimated 150,000 youngsters, aged as young as three, were sent to Commonwealth countries under the Child Migrants Program in an attempt to give them a “better life”. But many ended up being abused, physically and sexually, in foster homes, state-run orphanages and religious institutions. It is estimated 7000 to 10,000 child migrants were sent to Australia from Britain, Ireland and Malta between 1920 and 1967. After being told their parents were dead, most were separated from their siblings. Last night, Mr Brown conceded that the scheme left many people emotionally scarred for life.

See:; Britain moves to help heal the wounds of child migrants; Stuart Gill; 25/2/10;
UK, Australia, Migrants & Refugees