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Home Secretary’s new commitment 'exactly what is needed' to prevent trafficking of children – Unicef UK

UNICEF UK

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UNICEF UK has welcomed comments made yesterday by the Home Secretary in her response to an urgent question on the situation facing asylum-seeking children in Calais.


Lily Caprani, Unicef UK’s Deputy Executive Director, said:

“The coming days are crucial for protecting the vulnerable refugee children in Calais as demolition of the camp is due in just days. The Home Secretary has set a deadline of getting all children with family in the UK here by next week. The Home Secretary’s new commitment is exactly what is needed to prevent children falling into the hands of traffickers before the bulldozers arrive. 

“She is right to ensure other vulnerable children eligible for protection under the so-called Dubs amendment must be in safe accommodation before the demolition and that they too will face a far faster process for getting safely to the UK.

“The Home Secretary has listened to the public’s calls for these children to be brought to safety. News of the demolition has undoubtedly scared the children in Calais, especially those alone. It is now more important than ever for the government to deliver on these promises.”