Monday, 31 October 2016 10:43

SNP call on UK Government to take urgent action over stranded Calais child refugees

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SNP RAISE CONCERNS FOLLOWING CAMP CLEARANCE ANNOUNCEMENT

The SNP have called on the Home Secretary to step in and take urgent action following the news that there are still child refugees stranded in Calais after French authorities announced that the camp had been cleared last night.

French authorities have claimed that everyone in the camp had been registered, however charities on the ground in the camp have dismissed those claims and have reported that there are still many child refugees who have not been registered who have nowhere to go and spent the night sleeping rough.

Images and reports from charities and organisations on the ground have reported a number of refugees sleeping on pavements and without shelter.

SNP’s spokesperson for Asylum, Immigration and Border Control Stuart McDonald MP said:

"The UK government must take urgent action following the reports refugees, including vulnerable minors are still left in the camp and have spent the night sleeping rough. We have a moral duty to ensure the safety of these children and I urge the UK government to step in.

“Save the Children and other organisations have said there are a number of children who have nowhere to go, despite reports from French authorities that the camp is clear. The UK government cannot simply stand back and watch.

“The Home Secretary must call on French authorities and do all they can to ensure the protection of these children.”