12 October 2016
Last week we released a report, No Place for Children, highlighting the plight of refugee children being left to fend for themselves in the Calais ‘Jungle’. Now Home Secretary Amber Rudd has committed to protecting these children and bringing them to the UK as quickly and safely as possible.
Many of the children in Calais have the right to come to the UK, but are stuck just 20 miles away as a result of bureaucracy. Our report found that the system for transferring children who have a right to be in the UK does not work.
Of the estimated 1,000 unaccompanied children living in the Calais ‘jungle’, 178 have been identified as having family ties to the UK. We have been calling on the UK government to deliver on its responsibilities to reunite these children with their family in time for Christmas, so that they don’t have to spend another winter alone.
We are ready to help
Alex Fraser, director of refugee support and restoring family links said: “Red tape has meant that children, who could be rebuilding their lives in safety with their only surviving relatives, have been left to fend for themselves in conditions unimaginable to most adults.
"Our report, No Place for Children, found that the system for transferring children who have a right to be in the UK has simply not worked.
"We are relieved that the Home Office is now doing what they can to protect these children and bring them here as quickly and safely as possible. We stand ready to work with the Home Office to make this happen.”