In response to the fire that burnt the Dunkirk refugee camp to the ground, and left hundreds of people homeless, we and our partners Safe Passage, Refugee Youth Service and Dunkirk Legal Centre are calling on the UK government to transfer the children from the camp who have a legal right to be with their families in the UK or transfer those who are particularly vulnerable under the ‘Dubs scheme’.
Together we have identified 80 children in Dunkirk who have relatives in the UK, or would be eligible under the Dubs scheme, with the right to be safely and legally transferred. Given the extreme distress that the children now face, charities are calling on the UK government to transfer them immediately.
Currently no arrangements have been made by French or UK authorities for the safe accommodation of unaccompanied children from the Dunkirk camp leaving the children at real risk of disappearing in the chaos.
Safe Passage have sent the list of 80 family reunion and Dubs scheme eligible children to the UK Home Office, and will be sharing that list with their French counterparts.
Help Refugees said:
“Today in Dunkirk, over 100 children have become homeless. More than half of these children have a legal right to be living with family in the UK. Both the French and UK governments are putting lives at risk by ignoring the situation. They need to expedite the process for family reunion to the UK, and put proper protection measures in place for those children remaining in France, a process which is long overdue’
Michael McHugh from our partners Refugee Youth Service said:
“This situation again highlights that without access to family reunification processes or support to access French and European protections systems vulnerable young people will end up staying in unsuitable camps for lengthy periods and remain at risk of violence, exploitation or sadly being lost from the system during points of crisis.”
We’ve set up a emergency response MyDonate page, with all the funds we raise continuing to be spent on items such as blankets, sleeping bags, clothes, hygiene packs & food for those affected. Please donate here.