Don’t Ignore 500 Unaccompanied Child Refugees

Syrian Child Refugee By MaximilianV

Target: UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd

Goal: Consider asylum for 500 unaccompanied children in Calais refugee camp slated for demolition.

The government of the UK is ignoring the cases of 500 unaccompanied refugee children currently living in the Calais refugee camp known as ‘the Jungle,’ according to a prominent British charity. Reportedly, the government will not consider the children’s asylum claims as the children do not have relatives in the UK. There are an estimated 1,200 children in the camp, which is slated for demolition, and 10,000 adults.

Since the beginning of the year an estimated 10,000 refugee children have gone missing in Europe, many may have been the victims of trafficking. It is unclear what will happen to the unaccompanied minors in the camp once the demolition process begins. Given the unaccompanied status of these 500 children, they are especially vulnerable to abuse and trafficking.

Under a recently passed UK law known as the Dubs amendment, the UK agreed to provide sanctuary to vulnerable child refugees. However, the government has yet to create a system for assessing what is in the best interest of vulnerable children without relatives in the UK. Sign our petition and demand that the UK Home Office develop an effective and efficient system for evaluating unaccompanied child refugees, and begin considering the cases of those in the Calais camp.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Secretary Rudd,

I was shocked to hear the Citizens UK allegations that the Home Office is not considering the cases of 500 unaccompanied minors who are residents of the Calais refugee camp known as ‘the Jungle.’ Given the passage of the Dubs amendment in May, the government has a duty to establish a system to consider the cases of the most vulnerable migrants. Given the impending demolition of the Calais camp, and the unaccompanied status of these children, I believe that the government has both a legal and moral duty to assess what is in their best interest.

As you may know, an estimated 10,000 migrant children have disappeared in Europe since the start of the year. Many were the victims of abuse and trafficking. While these 500 children do not have relatives in the UK, it is not in their best interest to be made homeless and left vulnerable to abuse. I urge you to develop an efficient and effective system for evaluating what is in the ebst interest of these children.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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