Unaccompanied asylum-seeking children to be resettled from Europe

The government announced a new initiative for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children to be resettled in the UK from Greece, Italy and France. children registered in Greece, Italy or France before 20 March to be eligible for resettlement government to work with local authorities on plans to resettle unaccompanied children programme to extend government’s twin-track approach of … Read more

LGA Responds to The Children’s Society Report

Responding to the Children’s Society report on support for migrant children, Cllr David Simmonds, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Asylum, Refugee and Migration Task Group, said: “Councils have a strong track record of supporting refugees and asylum seekers, including children in need of additional support, children travelling alone and those settling in the UK … Read more

UK turning a blind eye to suffering on its doorstep by failing to protect vulnerable refugees and migrants – aid agencies

The UK is failing in its responsibility to protect some of the world’s most vulnerable people who have been displaced by conflict, violence, persecution and poverty, a group of 13 aid and refugee agencies said today. The lack of adequate response from the UK and European governments to the more than a million refugees and … Read more

Rich countries have resettled a tiny fraction of Syrian refugees – UK set to take just over a fifth of its fair share

Rich countries have resettled only 1.39 percent of the nearly five million Syrian refugees, a fraction of the 10 percent of people who need to be urgently offered a safe haven. As states meet in Geneva on 30 March to discuss the Syria refugee crisis, Oxfam urges them to redouble their efforts and offer their … Read more

MEPs propose a centralised EU system for asylum claims with national quotas

The failure to date of the EU asylum system to cope with ever-rising numbers of migrant arrivals calls for a radical overhaul of the so-called Dublin rules, said Civil Liberties Committee MEPs on Wednesday. They propose establishing a central system for collecting and allocating asylum applications. The scheme, which could include a quota for each … Read more