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star this property date less than 2017-10-26more like thismore than 2017-10-26
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Home Office more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Home Office more like this
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star this property hansard heading Refugees: Children more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make a statement on the effectiveness of multi-agency intelligence-sharing to identify the needs of unaccompanied child refugees in Europe. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency East Ham remove filter
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Stephen Timms more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2017-10-31more like thismore than 2017-10-31
star this property answer text <p>There are currently seven routes through which asylum seeking and refugee children can legally enter the UK. To access the UK resettlement schemes, individuals register with UNHCR. Under the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme, over 8,500 individuals have been resettled to the UK, around half of whom are children. Our strategy is to resettle the most vulnerable children directly from conflict regions, with their family members, so they do not have to make perilous journeys alone.</p><p>Within the EU, the primary responsibility for unaccompanied children lies with the Member State in which they are present. We work closely with EU partners and organisations such as the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to identify and transfer children to the UK in line with each individual Member State’s national laws. In 2016, over 900 children were transferred from the Europe to the UK.</p><p>In March, the Government published the basis upon which further referrals under section 67 will be made: <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/policy-statement-section-67-of-the-immigration-act-2016" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/policy-statement-section-67-of-the-immigration-act-2016</a>. We have invited referrals of children who meet the eligibility criteria that they were present in Europe before 20 March 2016 and transfer is in their best interests. In deciding which children to refer, Member States have been asked to prioritise those likely to qualify for refugee status and/or the most vulnerable. Vulnerability can be defined by factors which include, but are not limited to, the UNHCR’s <em>Children at Risk </em>factors. It is for Member States to decide which children to refer.</p><p>More broadly, we continue to work with our European partners to manage migration and ensure our collective security. Intelligence exchange between UK law enforcement and Europol is well-established and routine, including on human trafficking. The National Crime Agency also support Europol with seconded staff, including within the European Migrant Smuggling Centre. This cooperation has and continues to assist UK efforts to tackle trafficking in human beings, including children.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Great Yarmouth more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Brandon Lewis more like this
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109861 more like this
109862 more like this
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less than 2017-10-31T17:16:44.927Zmore like thismore than 2017-10-31T17:16:44.927Z
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star this property label Biography information for Brandon Lewis more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Stephen Timms more like this
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star this property date less than 2017-10-17more like thismore than 2017-10-17
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Home Office more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Home Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Refugees: Children more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of closing the refugee camp in Calais on the availability of data on unaccompanied child refugees; and if she will make a statement. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency East Ham remove filter
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Stephen Timms more like this
star this property uin 108251 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2017-10-20more like thismore than 2017-10-20
star this property answer text <p>The primary responsibility for unaccompanied children in France lies with the French government. Following the closure of the Calais Camp, French authorities transferred all children formerly resident to specialist centres across France. It is vital that children claim asylum in France; that is the fastest route to safety.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>We have a strong track record of cooperating with France to manage the situation in Calais and to protect our shared border. We supported the humanitarian operation to clear the Calais migrant camp in October 2016, which involved the transfer of more than 750 children to the UK and funding to help provide migrants in Calais – including children – with suitable facilities elsewhere in France. Our law enforcement agencies work closely together to</p><p>tackle smuggling and trafficking. Home Office officials meet with their French colleagues on a regular basis.</p><p> </p><p>According to Eurostat data, 63,300 unaccompanied children claimed asylum in the EU in 2016:</p><p><a href="http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/documents/2995521/8016696/3-11052017-AP-EN.pdf/30ca2206-0db9-4076-a681-e069a4bc5290" target="_blank">http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/documents/2995521/8016696/3-11052017-AP-EN.pdf/30ca2206-0db9-4076-a681-e069a4bc5290</a></p><p> </p><p>This includes a breakdown of asylum applications by EU Member State.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Great Yarmouth more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Brandon Lewis more like this
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less than 2017-10-20T13:58:26.063Zmore like thismore than 2017-10-20T13:58:26.063Z
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star this property label Biography information for Brandon Lewis more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Stephen Timms more like this
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star this property date less than 2017-10-27more like thismore than 2017-10-27
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Home Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 1 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Home Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Refugees: Children more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of establishing more localised administration of the Dubs Scheme based in the regions and constituent parts of the UK. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency East Ham remove filter
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Stephen Timms more like this
star this property uin 110042 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2017-11-01more like thismore than 2017-11-01
star this property answer text <p>The Home Office works closely with local authorities across Great Britain through regional Strategic Migration Partnerships to ensure all unaccompanied children arriving here receive the care and support they need. We encourage local authorities to offer suitable placements, regardless of the child’s route of arrival.</p><p>The National Transfer Scheme for unaccompanied children is already based on a regional model and was established to promote a fairer distribution of caring responsibilities across the country in a way that protects the best interests of all children.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Great Yarmouth more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Brandon Lewis more like this
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less than 2017-11-01T11:24:42.06Zmore like thismore than 2017-11-01T11:24:42.06Z
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star this property label Biography information for Brandon Lewis more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Stephen Timms more like this
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star this property date less than 2017-07-04more like thismore than 2017-07-04
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Home Office more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Home Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Immigration more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the reasons the Government is yet to achieve its target of reducing net migration to the tens of thousands. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency East Ham remove filter
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Stephen Timms more like this
star this property uin 2706 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2017-07-10more like thismore than 2017-07-10
star this property answer text <p>The UK will remain an open and tolerant country; one that recognises the valuable contribution migrants make to our society and welcomes those with the skills and expertise to make our nation better. We will control immigration so that our system serves the national interest.</p><p> </p><p>As we conduct the negotiations to leave the European Union, it must be a priority to regain more control of the numbers of people who come here from Europe. It will take time to achieve that because until we leave the European Union we will still be affected by free movement rules.</p><p> </p><p>The Government will not solely rely on the Brexit negotiation to deliver the net migration target. We are clear that employers must move away from an unsustainable reliance on migrant workers. We have closed Tier 1 routes which allowed non-EEA migrants to come to the UK to look for work. We have reformed the employer-led Tier 2 route following expert advice from the independent Migration Advisory Committee. Through the introduction of the Immigration Skills Charge, we are encouraging employers to invest in training and up-skilling the resident workforce.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Great Yarmouth more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Brandon Lewis more like this
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less than 2017-07-10T10:22:29.133Zmore like thismore than 2017-07-10T10:22:29.133Z
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star this property label Biography information for Brandon Lewis more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Stephen Timms more like this
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star this property date less than 2017-11-15more like thismore than 2017-11-15
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Home Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 1 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Home Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Asylum: France more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions her Department has had with the French Human Rights Ombudsman on the treatment of unaccompanied minors in France. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency East Ham remove filter
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Stephen Timms more like this
star this property uin 113361 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2017-11-21more like thismore than 2017-11-21
star this property answer text <p>The UK is working very closely with France and other EU Member States in respect of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children. Children in France are the responsibility of the French government, and robust safeguarding processes are in place for children to enter into and be supported by the French care system.</p><p>We are not currently working with the French Human Rights Ombudsman but the UK has regular engagement at ministerial and senior official level with the French authorities more broadly. We have a strong track record of cooperating with France to manage the situation in Calais and to protect our shared border. We supported the humanitarian operation to clear the Calais migrant camp in October 2016, which involved the transfer of more than 750 children to the UK and funding to help provide migrants in Calais – including minors – with suitable facilities elsewhere in France.</p><p>In addition to this, our security and law enforcement teams have worked closely together to tackle organised criminal gangs operating in the region wishing to exploit vulnerable children. We welcome the French Government’s recent decision to deploy more police to the region and to continue to provide alternative accommodation for migrants elsewhere in France.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Great Yarmouth more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Brandon Lewis more like this
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less than 2017-11-21T17:26:15.883Zmore like thismore than 2017-11-21T17:26:15.883Z
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star this property label Biography information for Brandon Lewis more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Stephen Timms more like this
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star this property date less than 2017-09-14more like thismore than 2017-09-14
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Home Office more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Home Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Overseas Students: English Language more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the cost of re-testing overseas students whose certificates for the Test of English for International Communication were cancelled by Educational Testing Services since February 2014; and if she will make a statement. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency East Ham remove filter
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Stephen Timms more like this
star this property uin 105153 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2017-10-10more like thismore than 2017-10-10
star this property answer text <p>The Home Office is not able to answer this question. The cost to re-sit a secure English language test was met by the individual and not the Home Office.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Great Yarmouth more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Brandon Lewis more like this
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less than 2017-10-10T09:01:59.983Zmore like thismore than 2017-10-10T09:01:59.983Z
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star this property label Biography information for Brandon Lewis more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Stephen Timms more like this
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star this property date less than 2017-09-14more like thismore than 2017-09-14
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Home Office more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Home Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Overseas Students: English Language more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what has been the cost to her Department of the legal action arising from (a) visa curtailments and (b) removals of overseas students whose Test of English for International Communication certificates have been cancelled by the Educational Testing Services since February 2014. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency East Ham remove filter
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Stephen Timms more like this
star this property uin 105154 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2017-10-10more like thismore than 2017-10-10
star this property answer text <p>This information is unavailable because Home Office data systems are unable to disaggregate legal costs in line with the categories in the question.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Great Yarmouth more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Brandon Lewis more like this
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less than 2017-10-10T09:03:14.043Zmore like thismore than 2017-10-10T09:03:14.043Z
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star this property label Biography information for Brandon Lewis more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Stephen Timms more like this
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star this property date less than 2017-10-12more like thismore than 2017-10-12
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Home Office more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Home Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Refugees: Children more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information her Department holds on which the principal pull factors are for unaccompanied children choosing to come to the UK; and if she will make a statement. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency East Ham remove filter
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Stephen Timms more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2017-10-18more like thismore than 2017-10-18
star this property answer text <p>The Government’s clear strategy has always been that we do not want to encourage people traffickers and incentivise perilous journeys to Europe, particularly by the most vulnerable children.</p><p> </p><p>Our policy is to support families to stay together and we have granted over 24,000 family reunion visas over the last five years. We are clear, from discussions with other Member States, that any schemes to transfer unaccompanied should not act as a draw. The Vulnerable Children’s Resettlement Scheme is a bespoke scheme to resettle 3,000 vulnerable children together with their families directly from the Middle East and North Africa region.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Great Yarmouth more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Brandon Lewis more like this
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less than 2017-10-18T12:11:04.187Zmore like thismore than 2017-10-18T12:11:04.187Z
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star this property label Biography information for Brandon Lewis more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Stephen Timms more like this
778245
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star this property date less than 2017-10-26more like thismore than 2017-10-26
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Home Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 1 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Home Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Refugees: Children more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans her Department has to improve arrangements for the (a) registration and (b) transfer of refugee children to the UK. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency East Ham remove filter
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Stephen Timms more like this
star this property uin 109861 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2017-10-31more like thismore than 2017-10-31
star this property answer text <p>There are currently seven routes through which asylum seeking and refugee children can legally enter the UK. To access the UK resettlement schemes, individuals register with UNHCR. Under the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme, over 8,500 individuals have been resettled to the UK, around half of whom are children. Our strategy is to resettle the most vulnerable children directly from conflict regions, with their family members, so they do not have to make perilous journeys alone.</p><p>Within the EU, the primary responsibility for unaccompanied children lies with the Member State in which they are present. We work closely with EU partners and organisations such as the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to identify and transfer children to the UK in line with each individual Member State’s national laws. In 2016, over 900 children were transferred from the Europe to the UK.</p><p>In March, the Government published the basis upon which further referrals under section 67 will be made: <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/policy-statement-section-67-of-the-immigration-act-2016" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/policy-statement-section-67-of-the-immigration-act-2016</a>. We have invited referrals of children who meet the eligibility criteria that they were present in Europe before 20 March 2016 and transfer is in their best interests. In deciding which children to refer, Member States have been asked to prioritise those likely to qualify for refugee status and/or the most vulnerable. Vulnerability can be defined by factors which include, but are not limited to, the UNHCR’s <em>Children at Risk </em>factors. It is for Member States to decide which children to refer.</p><p>More broadly, we continue to work with our European partners to manage migration and ensure our collective security. Intelligence exchange between UK law enforcement and Europol is well-established and routine, including on human trafficking. The National Crime Agency also support Europol with seconded staff, including within the European Migrant Smuggling Centre. This cooperation has and continues to assist UK efforts to tackle trafficking in human beings, including children.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Great Yarmouth more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Brandon Lewis more like this
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109802 more like this
109862 more like this
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less than 2017-10-31T17:16:44.863Zmore like thismore than 2017-10-31T17:16:44.863Z
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star this property label Biography information for Brandon Lewis more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Stephen Timms more like this
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star this property date less than 2017-11-06more like thismore than 2017-11-06
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Home Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 1 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Home Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Refugees: Children more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans her Department has to use data on identities and current whereabouts gathered from children in the Jungle refugee camp in Calais before its demolition; and if she will make a statement. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency East Ham remove filter
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Stephen Timms more like this
star this property uin 111669 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2017-11-13more like thismore than 2017-11-13
star this property answer text <p>In March, the Government published the basis upon which further referrals under section 67 will be made: <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/policy-statement-section-67-of-the-immigration-act-2016" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/policy-statement-section-67-of-the-immigration-act-2016</a>. We remain committed to transferring unaccompanied children from Europe under section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016 up to the specified number of 480. We are working closely with Member States, as well as the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and NGO partners to identify and transfer children to the UK in line with each individual Member State’s national laws. If it is determined that transfer to the UK is in the child’s best interests, a referral will be made under the National Transfer Scheme for a placement with a local authority in the UK. Transfers are ongoing.</p><p>However, the primary responsibility for unaccompanied children in France lies with the French government. As I set out in the Backbench Business debate of 2 November, the French authorities have in recent weeks established additional welcome centres to those already in place across the country. Four new centres have recently opened, away from the juxtaposed ports, where those wishing to claim asylum will be supported through the asylum process. There is regular transportation provided to these centres. It is vital that children claim asylum in France; that is the fastest route to safety.</p><p>According to Eurostat data, 63,300 unaccompanied children claimed asylum in the EU in 2016:</p><p><a href="http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/documents/2995521/8016696/3-11052017-AP-EN.pdf/30ca2206-0db9-4076-a681-e069a4bc5290" target="_blank">http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/documents/2995521/8016696/3-11052017-AP-EN.pdf/30ca2206-0db9-4076-a681-e069a4bc5290</a></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Great Yarmouth more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Brandon Lewis more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 111663 more like this
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less than 2017-11-13T17:54:02.667Zmore like thismore than 2017-11-13T17:54:02.667Z
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star this property label Biography information for Brandon Lewis more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Stephen Timms more like this