In 2016, we welcomed over 900 unaccompanied asylum-seeking children to the UK, including more than 750 from France as part of the UK’s support for the Calais camp clearance - almost half of the unaccompanied children who were in the camp at the time of the clearance. Approximately 200 of these children met the criteria for section 67 of the Immigration Act
In France, we considered those aged 12 and under of any nationality, children referred to us by the French authorities as being at a high risk of sexual exploitation of any nationality, and those nationalities most likely to qualify for refugee status in the UK, aged 15 and below.
The nationality criteria were based on the reasonable likelihood of the children qualifying for refugee status and achieving long-term stability. Eritrean children over the age of 15 do not qualify because the nationality criterion is based on nationalities with a first instance asylum grant rate of 75 per cent or higher in the year to June 2016. Those nationalities are Syrian and Sudanese.