The Refugee Youth Service has reported that a third of the 179 children tracked in October have gone missing after the eviction of the ‘jungle’.
The treatment of minors has also been noted as an area of concern. This has led to worries that these missing children will, instead of turning to state services, be preyed upon by traffickers and smugglers.
Our co-founder Josie Naughton has been quoted today stating:
“We are disheartened that once again children, the most vulnerable of refugees, have gone missing following the chaotic eviction in Calais. It is particularly worrying that alarm bells are not being raised. Both governments need to start to take responsibility for minors and provide them with adequate safeguarding to ensure they are properly protected and uphold their responsibilities according to the UN convention on the rights of a child.”
Children have lost faith in the system that was meant to protect them, we must call on our government to fulfill their commitment for 1000 vulnerable children to be transferred to the UK before Christmas.
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