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Ellen Broome, director of policy at the Children's Society, has told ITV Daybreak that many migrant children "are often children in need rather than immigration statistics."
A group of MP and peers have said Britain is falling short of obligations set out under international law for dealing with migrant children.
- In 2012, around 1,200 such children sought asylum in the UK, and around 2,150 unaccompanied migrant children were being cared for by local authorities.
- Children who had often faced traumatic journeys faced intensive interviews on arrival.
- There was also evidence of children being placed in inappropriate accommodation without suitably trained staff
- A lack of support was "starkly" demonstrated by the "culture of disbelief" about the age of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children.
- It found that the age of unaccompanied migrant children is too often disputed, putting their welfare and best interests at risk.
- MPs also said decisions on children's futures are too often delayed until they approach adulthood, leaving children uncertain about what their futures will hold.
Britain is failing to dealing with migrant children who arrive in the country without parents or relatives, a group of parliamentarians has warned.
Immigration concerns are too often given priority over the protection of migrant children, including abuse victims and those who have fled conflict zones, MPs say.
The Joint Committee on Human Rights said the UK is as a result failing to meet the terms of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, a treaty bound by international law.
It also calls on the Government not to return any children to Afghanistan or Iraq while conflict and humanitarian concerns persist.