Asylum: Children

Home Office written question – answered on 4th June 2018.

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Photo of Lord Roberts of Llandudno Lord Roberts of Llandudno Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government within what period they aim to process asylum applications from children in Calais; and what steps they are taking to ensure such applications are processed within that period.

Photo of Lord Roberts of Llandudno Lord Roberts of Llandudno Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government what provisions they will make to ensure that child asylum seekers in Calais who have had their applications successfully processed are brought over to the UK.

Photo of Baroness Williams of Trafford Baroness Williams of Trafford The Minister of State, Home Department, Minister for Equalities (Department for International Development)

Those transferred from France, whether it is under the Dublin III Regulation or section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016, are transferred as quickly as possible, and on arrival to the UK, will immediately enter the asylum system in the UK. Their asylum claim will be processed in line with our published guidance. We are under no obligation to consider asylum claims lodged outside UK territory, and we do not transfer those granted refugee status in another Member State to the UK.

The Home Office currently has a service standard to make a decision on straight forward asylum claims within 6 months of the date of claim. The Home Office has clear internal guidance on the management of asylum claims and the factors that can lead to a case being designated as ‘non straight forward’. These cases are proactively managed to ensure barriers are cleared and decisions are made as soon as possible. Where a case is designated as ‘non straight forward the claimant will be informed of the delay to the decision.

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