There an estimate 700 to 1000 unaccompanied children in Calais Jungle Camp at present ranging in age from 10 to 17 years old. I look at my Year 4 students, some of whom are 10 and wonder how they could possibly survive alone in such a hostile environment.
Some of these unaccompanied children have a right to enter Britain due to having family there already. However due to bureaucratic dragging of feet many of these children have spent months alone in the Jungle. Fourteen children aged 14 to 17 arrived by coach at the head office of UK Visas and Immigration in Croydon, south London, to register with the Home Office.The youngsters, who are understood to come from war-torn countries including Syria and Sudan, will be processed at the centre before they are reunited with relatives already living in Britain. They are the first of some 100 children who are expected to make the same journey this week as French authorities prepare to raze the Jungle camp to the ground. Daily Mail Online.
What will become of the other 600+ children that remain at the camp? Earlier this year the southern section of the ‘Jungle’ was dismantled which resulted in over 100 children missing. How can we allow this to happen?