MPs voted against adding the Dubs Amendment to the Immigration Bill on Monday in the House of Commons.
The bill would have seen the UK accept 3,000 unaccompanied child refugees from Europe.
Among the 294 MPs who voted against the amendment was Windsor MP Adam Afriyie. He told the Express: “I want us to do more to help, but it would have been reckless to support measures that would encourage people traffickers to put more children’s lives at risk by attempting the dangerous sea crossing to Europe.”
Slough MP Fiona Mactaggart was one of 276 MPs who voted in support of the amendment being added to the bill.
She said: “Children who have fled war and terrorism in Syria are at risk in Europe.
“They are not in secure accommodation; many have been raped or trafficked by people whose only desire is to exploit them.
“One thousand children have disappeared, we must help them to survive, and key to that is to offer refuge here in Britain.”
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