Sunday 16 October 2016

Calais Jungle migrant children coming in the UK

Calais Jungle

Hundreds of children who are currently in the Calais Jungle is due to arrive in the UK in just few days. As British and French and British official will try to reunite them with their parents.

The children are entitled to move to the UK under EU law which states that migrants must make a claim for asylum in the first European country they reach but children can transfer their claim to another country where family members are living.

It is not known how many of the unaccompanied minors will be brought over to Britain but of the estimated 1,000 unaccompanied children in the camp, it is believed 387 may be eligible to come to the UK, either because they have family in the country or it would be in their best interests.

Officials from both countries have set up a registration system in the camp operating out of a recycled shipping container to move the children before the French administrations shuts it down.

Children who do not have relatives in the UK will also be moved but will be registered in a separate process.

A amendment to Britain's Immigration Act made in March means Home Secretary Amber Rudd must arrange their transfer from the camp.

Labour MPs are pushing for further changes to the law that would see migrant children treated as potential UK citizens, with child protection laws applying to them as they would to British children

The Local Government Association has said that councils will need "long-term funding arrangements from government so that the commitment to support those children starting a new life in the UK is properly funded".

The Calais Jungle houses an estimated 6,000 migrants and Francois Hollande's government has vowed to move them to other parts of the country before the end of the year and deport all migrants who have not applied for asylum.

French charities have urged Francois Hollande's administration not to close the camp until local authorities are ready to re-home the thousands of migrants.

The news comes after Home Secretary Amber Rudd met with her French counterpart Bernard Cazeneuve earlier this week to demand a list of names of the children eligible to move to the UK but refused to disclose home many children would be taken in by Britain.



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