Barking and Dagenham shelters 30 of London’s 1,500 unaccompanied refugee children

PUBLISHED: 12:54 06 November 2017 | UPDATED: 18:29 06 November 2017

Child in the former Jungle refugee camp in Calais, France. Picture: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Child in the former Jungle refugee camp in Calais, France. Picture: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

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Barking and Dagenham is looking after just one per cent of unaccompanied child asylum seekers in London, figures show.

Five months after the Calais ‘Jungle’ refugee camp was torn down, the borough provided sanctuary to a mere 30 lone asylum seekers aged under 18.

There are now 1,540 such children in the capital - up 75 per cent from 2013, according to the Department for Education.

Barking and Dagenham, in comparison, took in an extra 10 kids over the period.

Nearly a third of London’s lone child asylum seekers are housed in Croydon and Hillingdon, home to the Home Office’s asylum screening unit and Heathrow Airport, respectively.

London has looked after nearly half of all unaccompanied child asylum seekers in England since 2013.

The Government scrapped plans to offer 3,000 child refugees safe passage to Britain earlier this year, having taken in just 350.


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