Every time ‘the Jungle’ refugee camp in Calais is cleared, children go missing.
The French president Francois Hollande is right to say there is no excuse for the UK to shirk its international duties, but, for both the UK and French authorities, protecting young people must be of paramount importance.
More than a year has passed since the Government promised to rescue thousands of lone children from Calais and other camps, yet few have arrived. The processing of applications remains inexcusably slow. Many children have relatives in the UK and, above all else, a legal right to be here. Two children are known to have been killed waiting for their cases to be dealt with by the British government.
As President Hollande enacts plans to close the camp, these children are in even greater danger. They must be brought to safety now.
Green Party MEP for the South East
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