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Refugees: Children

Home Office written question – answered on 19th December 2018.

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Photo of Keith Vaz Keith Vaz Labour, Leicester East

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many children were granted leave to enter the UK under the Calais Child Refugee scheme in (a) 2016, (b) 2017 and (c) to date.

Photo of Caroline Nokes Caroline Nokes The Minister for Immigration

As part of the UK’s comprehensive support to the clearance of the Calais camp, the Government transferred 769 unaccompanied children to the UK from 1 October 2016 – 15 July 2017, all of whom claimed asylum on arrival in the UK.

On 30 November 2017, the Government published data on the numbers of children transferred to the UK from the Calais camp clearance. Of the 769 children who came to the UK from Calais, 220 were transferred in accordance with section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016. Children continue to be relocated to the UK from France, Greece and Italy under section 67, up to the specified number of 480. The remaining 549 children were transferred from Calais to reunite with eligible family members already in the UK.

The Government has introduced bespoke forms of leave for those transferred to the UK to reunite with family as part of the Calais camp clearance and under section 67 who do not qualify for international protection. Individuals who qualify for these forms of leave will have the right to study, work, access public funds and healthcare, and can apply for settlement in the UK after five years under section 67 leave and ten years under Calais leave. Grants of section 67 leave and Calais leave continue to be issued to eligible individuals. We will publish details on the form of leave granted to those transferred from Calais under section 67 and to reunite with eligible family once all cases have been assessed.

We also continue to meet our commitments to transferring unaccompanied children present in another EU Member State with qualifying family in the UK, under the EU Dublin Regulation for the purpose of assessing their asylum claim. We publish regular data on transfers under the Dublin process, and the next data publication will be in February 2019.

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