London boroughs are seeking answers from Government on what is next for more than 100 unaccompanied refugee children taken in since the Calais Jungle camp was dismantled.
Cllr Claire Kober OBE, chair of London Councils, wrote to Home Secretary Amber Rudd last month to offer help in settling children who are eligible to come to the UK under the Dubs Amendment, but received no reply from the minister.
Since then, boroughs have taken in between 100 and 150 lone children seeking safety, and calls are being made for the Home Office to set out what the future holds for these children.
Cllr Kober said: “London has a long history of supporting refugees and I'm proud that every council in the capital has played its part in surpassing our promise to take over 100 child refugees from Calais.
“We now need clarity from Government about the support they will provide for child refugees as they get older, seek asylum and leave care. Ministers must also set out how they will fill the funding gap for unaccompanied refugee children so we can give them the support they need to rebuild their lives.”
Notes to Editors:
London boroughs are making a huge contribution in taking care of Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children (UASC). At 31 March 2016 they were looking after a rounded total 1,440 UASC out of 4,210 in England, amounting to over a third of the total. This number will have increased significantly in just the last few weeks as London has played a key role in resettling over 100 asylum seeking children when the Calais ‘jungle’ was dismantled. UASC make up 14% of all looked-after children in London boroughs as a whole, which is up 2% from last year, and 5% since 2012.