Yesterday we were granted permission by the high court to judicially review Amber Rudd over the Dubs Amendment
(s.67 Immigration Act 2016).
The Dubs Amendment was passed in May 2016 in response to the global refugee crisis. We issued legal proceedings on the 18th October as at this time not one child had been relocated to the UK under the agreement.
We highlighted that, before October 2016, the children who were said to be brought to the UK under Dubs were in fact children to whom the Home Secretary already owed separate duties under European Union law (the Dublin III Regulation) for family reunion purposes.
Our legal challenge also alleges that the Home Secretary’s failure to implement her Dubs duties towards unaccompanied children in Calais – despite her commitments in Parliament to prioritise those children – contributed to the Calais children being exposed to serious human rights violations.
Amber Rudd was repeatedly warned that unless proper registration and relocation processes were put in place children who would otherwise be safely relocated might go missing.
Despite these warnings, the Home Office’s registration of children in the Jungle for the purposes of relocating them to the UK only began on 21 October, three days before the eviction and demolition, and after Help Refugees had begun their legal challenge. The first relocations to take place to the UK under s.67 Immigration Act 2016 started on 22 October, two days before demolition.
At the time of the eviction on 24 October, many children, including some as young as eight, remained unregistered and non-accommodated. Children slept by the roadside or re-entered the partially demolished Jungle Camp in which fires were burning. Unaccompanied children are believed to have gone missing during and in the aftermath of the demolition of the Jungle Camp.
We will continue to fight for the rights of the unaccompanied minors, now dispersed across France in accommodation centres, awaiting the attention of Home Office officials.