Calais: Child Refugees - Statement

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 5:50 pm on 29th February 2016.

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Photo of Lord Bates Lord Bates The Minister of State, Home Department 5:50 pm, 29th February 2016

The noble Lord is absolutely right. Without going into the details of a particular case, it was simply a question of process to say that if they had claimed asylum in France, that whole system could have been organised and expedited very quickly indeed. That is the message that we need to get out to people: the way to be reunited with your family in the UK is to claim asylum in France and rely on the Dublin regulations to ensure that that happens as soon as possible.