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Devon to give a temporary home to child migrants

Young refugees in Calais waiting for resettlement Credit: ITV News

Devon is to host a temporary Home Office respite facility for young refugees arriving from Calais.

Emergency accommodation for up to 70 young people leaving the 'Jungle' refugee camp in Calais has been secured in Devon ahead of its imminent closure by the French Government.

Devon County Council says the temporary facility is aimed at providing a safe and welcoming place to accommodate the young people before they are reunited with family members or are moved to other parts of the country.

It will be working with the police, NHS and other local authorities across Devon to support the Home Office.

  • Statement from Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for children:

These will be vulnerable young people. They will be frightened and they will be exhausted, and we as an authority have a statutory responsibility to support those that present in Devon.

We are working with all our partners across the county to support the Home Office as part of this emergency response. These vulnerable young people’s privacy should be respected, as they are supported to help rebuild their lives.

– Cllr James McInnes, Devon County Council
All their worldly goods - the long queue of refugees from the 'Jungle' camp in Calais Credit: ITV News

The Council says it is not known how many young people will require temporary accommodation in Devon, but in discussion with the Home Office, the Devon facility is to provide a safe place for up to 70 vulnerable refugee children and young people.

The accommodation, care provision, security and other arrangements are being commissioned directly via the Home Office.