Refugee children to be granted “Calais leave”

The government has announced a new type of permission to remain in the UK for children resettled from the Calais refugee camp last year who would not otherwise qualify for asylum. So-called “Calais leave” will allow children brought over from the infamous “Jungle” camp between October 2016 and July 2017 to study, work, access public funds and healthcare, and apply for settlement after ten years. Applicants must have “recognised family ties” in the UK. The announcement has been welcomed by refugee charities. Immigration minister Caroline Nokes said: We can be proud of our record of helping refugee and other vulnerable children affected by conflict, violence and instability, since the start…

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