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A Home Office spokesman said it is "committed" to ensuring that the most vulnerable asylum seekers, such as unaccompanied children, "are treated fairly and sensitively".
The Refugee Council said the UK "has a long way to go" after an inspection found border officials failed to trace the families of nearly two-thirds of asylum-seeking children who arrived in the country alone.
Policy officer Judith Dennis said:
An inspection found that unaccompanied asylum-seeking children were less than half as likely to be granted asylum in London as in the Midlands.
According to the report:
- In London only 15.3% of unaccompanied children were granted asylum
- That compares to 37.5% in the Midlands
Asylum decisions for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children took an "unacceptably long" average of 141 days in the Midlands - double the 64 days taken in London, report author Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration John Vine said.
Border officials failed to trace the families of nearly two-thirds of asylum-seeking children who arrived alone in the UK, an inspection has found.
The Home Office has a legal obligation to try and find family members of unaccompanied children - but the Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration John Vine found this was not done in 60% of cases sampled.
Tracing may enable children to be reunited with their families, Mr Vine's report said, and may also help the Home Office decide whether to grant the child leave to remain if the asylum claim fails.