There are currently 1,540 unaccompanied asylum-seeking children in the capital, report finds

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There are currently 1,540 unaccompanied asylum-seeking children in the capital – an increase of 75% from 2013.

A year on from the closure of the Calais ‘Jungle’ refugee camp updated figures for 2017 show that there are 4,560 unaccompanied asylum-seeking children across England as a whole.

Councils across the capital continue to provide sanctuary to scores of lone children eligible to come to the UK under the Dubs Amendment.

Between October 2016 and February 2017, when the Home Office stopped bringing children directly from France, boroughs accommodated over 100 new UASC arrivals, as well as helping to reunite more than 40 asylum-seeking children with family in the capital.

Cllr Claire Kober OBE, chair of London Councils, said:

“London boroughs are honouring a rich history of helping refugees and asylum seekers by resettling unaccompanied asylum-seeking children arriving in England.”

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