Asylum: Children

Home Department written question – answered on 4th July 2012.

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Photo of Nicholas Dakin Nicholas Dakin Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether her Department monitors the numbers of all asylum-seeking and migrant children living in poverty.

Photo of Damian Green Damian Green The Minister for Immigration

There are no such monitoring arrangements. All asylum seeking children have access to support if they need it. The support is provided by the UK Border Agency if they are with their parents or by local authorities if they are unaccompanied. Other migrant children have to satisfy the immigration rules in order to enter the United Kingdom, including requirements that their families can support them without recourse to public funds. The Children Acts also act as a safeguard in circumstances where the child's welfare is at risk.

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