Today I asked the Home Secretary an Urgent Question on the need to take in refugee children currently living in the Calais Camp.
The French Government plan to dismantle the Calais Camp in the next few weeks, so it is vital that unaccompanied children are welcomed to the UK immediately, rather than being dispersed around France, where they may fall under the radar of authorities.
Here is my question:
My question: My constituents in Bristol West have looked on with utter dismay throughout all of this year at the glacial speed of transferring children with relatives in this country. What reassurances can the Home Secretary give my constituents that the glacial speed will now be speed up sufficiently. And also, to deal with the medical needs which will have inevitably arisen amongst those near a thousand children unaccompanied and alone in Calais.
Home Secretary’s response: I would ask the honourable lady to reassure her constituents that during the next 8-10 days we expect to see a great number of the children who qualify under the Dublin Agreement to come to the UK. Now the French have made this very clear decision there is an accelerated cooperation going on between our countries and I hope that she and her constituents will see a marked difference over the next 10-14 days.