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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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Migrant children 'are some of the most vulnerable'

Unaccompanied migrant children in the asylum and immigration processes are some of the most vulnerable young people in the United Kingdom.

They have often fled conflict situations abroad or have been victims of abuse and exploitation, including those who arrive as victims of trafficking.

It is crucial that they are supported effectively. We do not find it satisfactory that immigration concerns are too often given priority when dealing with such children, in doing so the UK is falling short of the obligations it owes to such children under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

– Joint Committee on Human Rights chairman Dr Hywel Francis MP

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