Posts Tagged “Calais”

“Can we honestly say that we have done everything we can?”

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“Can we honestly say that we have done everything we can?”

For two hours on Thursday afternoon, at the behest of the Backbench Business Committee, the House of Commons debated a motion on Calais and unaccompanied child refugees in Europe. You can watch the debate and read the Hansard transcript on the UK Parliament website. “That this House notes that it is one year since the…

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Administrative error: extra 130 places ‘discovered’ for child refugees under Dubs Scheme

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Administrative error: extra 130 places ‘discovered’ for child refugees under Dubs Scheme

Despite the original expectation that 3,000 child refugees who had travelled from Syria to Europe would be brought to the UK under the ‘Dubs Scheme’, the government announced earlier this year that the scheme would close after just 350 unaccompanied migrant children had been resettled. Two months later and an extra 130 places have now…

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Unaccompanied children formerly resident in Calais Jungle launch legal action against UK Home Secretary

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Unaccompanied children formerly resident in Calais Jungle launch legal action against UK Home Secretary

The BBC report that 28 child asylum seekers who formerly lived in the Jungle Camp have launched a legal challenge to UK Home Secretary, Amber Rudd. Their lawyers say that the children seek “written reasons for the determination that it was not in their ‘best interests’ to be relocated to the UK” and are seeking…

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“The children of today are watching the way in which the country they call home responds to the needs of these children”

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“The children of today are watching the way in which the country they call home responds to the needs of these children”

Churches and faith groups across Britain and Ireland are sometimes criticised for the lack of bite to their criticism of at worst apathetic and at lethargic response to the refugee crisis inside Europe’s borders. In a blog post for the Joint Public Issues Team website, Grace Pengelly pulls no punches when she writes: I wonder…

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14 teenage boys arrive in UK from Calais

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14 teenage boys arrive in UK from Calais

Fourteen boys aged 14-17 have arrived in the UK from the Calais ‘Jungle’ camp. The BBC report that most “are from Afghanistan and Syria, while one is a stateless Bidun who originated from Kuwait”. They are among about 100 minors who will be brought over by the Home Office. Their first task will be to register with…

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Campaigners renew call on Government to transfer 400 children from Calais ‘Jungle’ to UK

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Campaigners renew call on Government to transfer 400 children from Calais ‘Jungle’ to UK

It was back in April 2016 when the UK Government bowed to pressure and and agreed to work with the UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) to resettle children and adults from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. At that time Save the Children estimated that there were 26,000 lone children across…

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County Down church team volunteer in Calais warehouse

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County Down church team volunteer in Calais warehouse

A team from St John’s Parish in Moira, County Down made a five-day trip to France in July to volunteer at a facility serving the ‘Calais Jungle’ refugee camp. They worked alongside volunteers from other countries in a huge warehouse which serves the camp and its 7,000 inhabitants, sorting shoes and clothes as well as boxing and…

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Local Authority inaction harming UK resettlement of Syrian refugees

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Local Authority inaction harming UK resettlement of Syrian refugees

A comprehensive report on the Migration Crisis from the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee has cast doubt that the UK Government will meet its commitment to resettle 20,000 refugees from the region around Syria by 2020. The report publishes for the first time the number of Syrian refugees resettled in each local authority area….

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UK Home Office win appeal; yet Safe Passage arrangements not in place

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UK Home Office win appeal; yet Safe Passage arrangements not in place

Today UK Home Office have won an appeal that has overturned a court ruling in January when a judge allowed – for the first time – three 16 year olds and a man in his twenties living in the Jungle camp in Calais could be reunited with relatives already living in the UK while their…

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Julie Ward MEP visits camps: “Perhaps together we can make a difference?”

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Julie Ward MEP visits camps: “Perhaps together we can make a difference?”

Julie Ward, Labour MEP for the North West of England, visited the Jungle Camp in Calais in December and blogged about what she saw and heard. She returned to the less well known Grande-Synthe camp outside Dunkirk in January. The December storms that devastated some areas of the UK and Ireland in late December passed…

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