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UK child migrants apology planned
Gordon Brown is planning to apologise
for the UK's role in sending thousands
of its children to former colonies in
the 20th century, the BBC has learned.
Under the Child Migrants Programme -
which ended just 40 years ago - poor
children were sent to a "better life"
in Australia, Canada and elsewhere.
But many were abused and ended up in
institutions or as labourers on farms.
The move comes as Australia's prime
minister prepares to apologise for the
mistreatment of the children.
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