French action urged over Calais children

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Unaccompanied children are said to be exposed to dangers in the camp

England’s Children’s Commissioner has asked the French government to help lone children in Calais’s refugee camp to be reunited with relatives in UK.

Anne Longfield has written to French authorities to ask them to speed up the asylum claims of 150 children there who may be eligible to travel to the UK.

She also claims the French are not properly protecting lone children at the camp, saying 129 have gone missing.

The children, some as young as 10, have fled fighting in countries like Syria.

In her letter, Ms Longfield expresses concern about children who are thought to have disappeared since the French authorities dismantled parts of the camp, known as the Jungle, earlier this year.

“The charities working with them have tried hard to trace them and the authorities must do likewise,” she said.


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