London boroughs are looking after a third of children seeking asylum alone in England, new government figures show.
There are currently 1,440 unaccompanied asylum-seeking children in the capital – an increase of 2% on last year and 5% since 2012. Updated figures for 2016 show that across England as a whole there are 4,210 lone youngsters and more are expected to arrive in the coming months.
Cllr Peter John, London Councils executive member for children, skills and employment, said: “London boroughs have a long and proud history of helping refugees and asylum seekers, and last year resettled nearly half of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children arriving in England.
“These new figures show this work is continuing, with a third of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children across England being looked after in London.
“Boroughs are making a huge contribution and will strive to continue to do so. But in order to do this they must be given adequate resources to address the higher cost of living in the capital and existing pressures on housing."
Notes to Editors:
- The new figures cover unaccompanied asylum-seeking children looked after at March 31, 2016.