First group of unaccompanied children arrived in the UK
Following the Home Secretary’s pledge to transfer as many minors, prior to the clearance of the Calais camp, the first group arrived on 17.10.16. the children aged 14 to 17 have been screened and processed by the Home Office, before being reunited with their family members in the coming days.
“A Home Office spokesperson said:
We can confirm a group of children who left the Calais camp this morning have arrived in the UK.
This is the start of the process to transfer as many eligible children as possible before the start of the clearance, as the Home Secretary set out in Parliament.
These vulnerable children, aged between 14 and 17, were transferred to the UK under the care of Home Office staff, with the support of volunteers from specialist NGOs and charities. They will join their families in the UK as quickly as possible over the coming days.”
With the assistance of NGO’s, including UNHCR and the French government a total over 140 children have been accepted for transfer, and 80 of those from France to reunite with their family members already in the UK.