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Refugees: Children

Home Office written question – answered on 15th February 2017.

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Photo of Louise Haigh Louise Haigh Shadow Minister (Culture, Media and Sport) (Digital Economy)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many unaccompanied children have come to the UK under the Dubs amendment.

Photo of Louise Haigh Louise Haigh Shadow Minister (Culture, Media and Sport) (Digital Economy)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which (a) individuals and (b) teams in her Department are responsible for bringing unaccompanied children into the UK under the Dubs amendment.

Photo of Louise Haigh Louise Haigh Shadow Minister (Culture, Media and Sport) (Digital Economy)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment the Government has made of its effectiveness in implementing the Dubs amendment.

Photo of Robert Goodwill Robert Goodwill The Minister for Immigration

In 2016, we transferred over 900 unaccompanied asylum-seeking children to the UK from Europe. This included more than 750 from France as part of the UK’s support for the Calais camp clearance. Over 200 of those children met the published criteria for section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016.

The Government takes its obligations under section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016 extremely seriously and we have teams across Government, including policy, operational and legal teams, involved with the efforts to implement section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016. We are also working closely with our European partners, whose agreement we need in order to implement the legislation.

The Government has committed to transferring more eligible children to the UK under section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016 up to the specified number of 350, in the coming months. The basis on which further children will be transferred to the UK from Europe under section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016 will be published in due course.

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