UK says 200 asylum-seeking kids lacking, some aged underneath 16

By Sachin Ravikumar

LONDON (Reuters) – 200 asylum-seeking kids, together with some aged underneath 16, are lacking from momentary lodge lodging in Britain, the federal government stated on Tuesday, elevating new questions over ministers’ dealing with of migrant arrivals.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s authorities is underneath stress on two fronts over immigration: from those that say he’s failing to guard Britain’s borders from migrants arriving in small boats and others who say the federal government just isn’t treating those that arrive correctly.

Immigration minister Robert Jenrick was referred to as to parliament on Tuesday by a member of the Inexperienced Occasion to elucidate media experiences of lacking kids.

Jenrick stated 13 of the 200 lacking kids have been underneath 16 years outdated and one was feminine, with round 88% of all these lacking coming from Albania. He stated the federal government was fulfilling its obligations to guard the kids.

“The actions of under-18s out and in of resorts are monitored and reported and so they’re accompanied by social staff when attending organised actions,” Jenrick informed parliament.

“We’ve got no energy to detain unaccompanied asylum-seeking kids in these settings.”

The variety of individuals arriving in England throughout the Channel has greater than doubled within the final two years, with authorities figures displaying Albanians account for the very best variety of individuals arriving by this route.

Final 12 months ministers got here underneath stress over poor residing circumstances and overcrowding at a migrant holding facility, and confronted threats of authorized motion from rights teams and a public sector staff’ union.

The location was subsequently cleared of migrants.

In response to Jenrick, Inexperienced Occasion lawmaker Caroline Lucas stated the kids have been susceptible to being snatched, kidnapped and coerced by criminals.

“That is horrific,” Lucas stated. “Weak kids are being dumped by the Dwelling Workplace. Scores of them are going lacking … we’re asking the Dwelling Workplace to use some fundamental safeguarding so we are able to preserve them secure.”

(Reporting by Sachin Ravikumar; modifying by William James and Ed Osmond)

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