UK urged to accept 400 refugee children

Almost 400 refugee children living in the Calais ‘Jungle’ camp are eligible to come to the UK, campaigners have claimed.

Citizens UK will consequently urge Home Secretary Amber Rudd to accept the children, many of whom reportedly have family in Britain, one the one year anniversary of the much-publicised drowning of three-year-old Syrian refugee Alan Kurdi.

The group, consisting of local politicians, celebrities and religious leaders, argue that out of the 7,000 refugees living in the camp, there are 800 unaccompanied children - 387 of whom are eligible to be transferred to the UK.

Lord Dubs, the Labour peer and long-time refugee campaigner, said: "I am deeply saddened that despite repeated calls from me and others, the government still seems to be dragging its feet on the commitments it made when the amendment in my name was accepted.

"Now that the new government has had some weeks to settle in after the EU referendum vote there really is no excuse for any further delay. Theresa May and Amber Rudd should be taking immediate action."