First Calais children arrive in Camden and Haringey under ‘Dubs Amendment’
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Camden and Haringey are offering support and homes to vulnerable unaccompanied asylum-seeking children from the “Jungle” camp
Nine vulnerable asylum-seeking children were welcomed in Camden and three in Haringey this week.
The children have been offered care, shelter and educational support under the Dubs Amendment, which allows for unaccompanied child migrants to be brought to the UK in cases where they do not have family links to the UK but are considered to be at risk.
There are currently 48 asylum-seeking children in Camden and 46 in Haringey, including the ones who arrived this week under the Dubs Amendment.
Leader of Haringey Council, Claire Kober, wrote to Home Secretary Amber Rudd, to offer help in settling 100 children in London who are eligible to come to the UK under the Dubs Amendment.
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She said: “I am proud Haringey is supporting over 46 unaccompanied asylum seeking children, including three children who arrived from Calais this week. We are working around the clock to give these vulnerable children a safe home and the support they need.
“I have written to the Home Secretary to urge the government to give councils the funding they need to help unaccompanied refugee children rebuild their lives.”
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Children have been arriving in England from Calais since Monday.
Those with family links are welcomed to the UK under the Dublin regulation .
Children without relatives here can arrive under “Dubs amendment” rules. This allows especially vulnerable children, such as girls and those under 13, to have refuge.