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UK 'failing migrant children'

Britain is falling short of obligations set out under international law for dealing with migrant children, a group of parliamentarians has warned.

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Children seeking safety in UK 'face culture of disbelief'

A group of MP and peers have said Britain is falling short of obligations set out under international law for dealing with migrant children.

According to a report by the Joint Committee on Human Rights:

  • 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.

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