Refugee Council: UK 'has a long way to go' on asylum

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:

While we welcome many of the findings of this report, it clearly shows that the UK has a long way to go before children in the asylum system have their claims properly assessed and have their welfare sufficiently safeguarded.

Children should be treated as children first, regardless of their immigration status.

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Asylum families 'untraced'

Border officials failed to trace the families of 60% 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.