Calais Jungle camp children legally challenge Home Secretary

Calais Jungle camp children legally challenge Home SecretaryDozens of child asylum seekers formerly from the Jungle camp in Calais have launched a legal challenge to Home Secretary Amber Rudd, BBC said on Thursday.

Lawyers say 28 of them want written reasons for the determination that it was not in their "best interests" to be relocated to the UK. They are seeking a judicial review in the High Court early in the new year.

A Home Office spokeswoman said: "It would be inappropriate to comment on ongoing legal proceedings."

Eleven of those refused entry are aged 14, seven are 15, nine are 16 and one is 17. Sixteen are from Eritrea, 11 from Afghanistan and one is from Sudan.

Eight more waiting to have their cases determined are also involved in the legal bid.

They were dispersed to 15 reception centres around France when The Jungle camp was dismantled at the end of October.

The legal challenge is over a scheme named after Lord Dubs, who secured an amendment to the Immigration Bill for unaccompanied child migrants to be brought to the UK where they do not have family links but are considered to be at risk.

The government pointed out that 900 child refugees had been transferred to the UK in 2016.

It has not said how many of these were brought to the country under the Dubs amendment, as opposed to those with relatives already in the UK.
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