Children in the Calais refugee camp | October 2016

I have received a number of e-mails asking for me to call for the Government to do more to accept children refugees from the refugee camp in Calais.
The French Government has committed to dismantling the refugee camp in Calais by the end of the year. The UK Home Secretary, the Rt Hon Amber Rudd MP, has since announced that the UK Government will increase the number of unaccompanied children coming to the UK from camp, ahead of its dismantling.
As you may know, the work has already begun: on 17 October, a group of children left the camp and came safely to the UK.
The Government is ensuring that the process is safe, lawful and efficient. Children who are arriving in the UK from Calais are either being reunited with family members or looked after by established care providers. The Home Office has also offered the French Government funds to ensure there are safe facilities available to children while their eligibility to come to the UK is properly accessed.
I am confident that the Government will continue to remain committed to do all it can to safeguard the welfare of unaccompanied refugee children living in the camp.
October 2016

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