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Councils in Staffordshire and Cheshire on standby to accept children from Calais camps

Councils in Staffordshire and Cheshire Councils have been put on standby for the arrival of children from migrant camps in Calais.

 

A government scheme is reuniting unaccompanied youngsters with relatives already in the UK.

The first 14 children have now come over from 'The Jungle' and arrived at an immigration centre in London.

Officials are working in France to identify other youngsters who are eligible.

Staffordshire County Council is already caring for 78 unaccompanied children, with six more arriving in the last few days.

 

Philip Atkins, Leader of Staffordshire County Council, said: “The Government has announced it is speeding up actions to accept children from the migrant camps in Calais and councils have been put on stand-by to expect their arrival at short notice. Initially these will be children who have relatives living here in the UK.

“Our children’s services will be working with the Home Office over the coming weeks to help identify and support any unaccompanied asylum seeking children in Calais who have links with Staffordshire. This is separate and in addition to the refugee families from the Syrian Refugee Camps we have also resettled in the county this year.

“The number of children being left stranded as they make their way across Europe is truly shocking.

“As well as offering immediate help to these young people, more also needs to be done to help discourage migrant families from setting out on this perilous journey across the Mediterranean Sea to Calais in the first place.”

 

 

 

 

 

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