Buses were taking away the last remaining #refugee children from #calais’ “Jungle” camp just after 8am local time on Wednesday, a week after demolition began.
Approximately 1500 unaccompanied children were taken to 60 reception centres across France, as the country’s stand-off with Britain over who is responsible for sheltering the minors rages on.
Britain has taken approximately 270 refugees that have relatives in the country, or are considered to be “particularly vulnerable”. It is claimed that once the refugee children have been dispersed to the reception centres, the UK government will begin to consider their eligibility to claim asylum in the UK.
France began dismantling the camp last week and temporarily housed the refugee children in converted shipping containers whilst they waited to be relocated. A lack of communication and information regarding the intended destination for the buses has left refugee children believing they are being taken to Britain up until they were boarding the buses.
François Hollande has reiterated again that nobody is allowed back to the “Jungle” camp following its dismantlement. Theresa May declined the French prime minister’s calls to accept Britain’s “moral duty” by taking responsibility for their “fair share” of the remaining 1500 refugees. This comes in the same week that French officials inform refugee children that no further applications for asylum in the UK are going to be dealt with by Calais.
The dismantling of the refugee camp in Calais is not a resolution for the refugee crisis but is merely a catalyst for more volatile and uncertain times ahead. Since the beginning of the demolition of the camp, it is estimated that 6000 refugees have fled into France in order to claim asylum there. In addition to this, ‘mini camps’ have surfaced across the country and images of refugee children sleeping rough this week have been circulating on social media – a glimpse of the terrifying reality that these young people are facing.
More has to be done for these refugee children. A number of the children - aged between 14 and 17, although many are younger - have expressed that they will take chances to get to the UK. Britain's decision to refuse refugees is proving to be a dangerous one, which could be potentially deadly for these young hopeless individuals in desperate search for safety. #World