Child Refugees Protest As Home Office Stops Taking Dubs Amendment Kids Amid Calais Camp Demolition

The Dubs Amendment calls for Britain to take lone children who do not necessarily have family ties to the UK and are under 13, girls or orphans who are fleeing warzones and had reached the EU by March 20.

Help Refugees said the demolition was “extremely distressing and confusing” for the children.

People living in shipping containers by the camp had to leave at 7am, including unaccompanied children, despite an understanding they would be able to stay there until they were brought to Britain, the charity said on Monday afternoon.

“There are also many unaccompanied girls remaining in camp who are eligible to come to the UK but who were not registered over the weekend,” a spokesman said.

“This chaotic set up is extremely distressing and confusing for the lone minors, the youngest of which is 8 years old,according to our last census. The younger children are struggling to understand where they are supposed to go, and how they are supposed to get there.”

Citizens UK, which has helped bring many children from Calais under family re-unification laws, said the demonstration outside the Home Office was to “highlight the Capital’s history of welcoming children fleeing war and conflict”.

It comes after London Councils announced they would take in over 100 unaccompanied children under the Dubs amendment.

Citizens UK warned there were as many as 1,000 children who were “at a serious risk of disappearing in the chaos” of the camp demolition.

In its final census of the camp, Help Refugees found the number of unaccompanied children had risen from 1,022 to 1,291, despite a 20% drop in the population ahead of the demolition, which is expected to last all week.

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