Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

Stars join call to #FreeCyntoiaBrown

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Emmerson Mnangagwa to be sworn in as President on Friday

Read more

THE DEBATE

Hard bargaining: Lebanon prime minister returns and suspends resignation

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Keepers of the flame: Native American communities seeking to protect their cultural legacy

Read more

FOCUS

Tunisians disillusioned, seven years after revolution

Read more

ACCESS ASIA

Indonesia: New orangutan species found in Sumatra

Read more

MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Meet the 16-year-old behind the hijab emoji

Read more

ENCORE!

Film show: 'Battle of the Sexes', 'Jupiter’s Moon', 'Reinventing Marvin'

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Robert Mugabe resigns: 'Hip Hip Harare'

Read more

Europe

UK has ‘moral duty’ to take in more Calais migrant children, says French minister

© AFP | French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2016-10-10

Paris demanded on Monday that Britain honour promises to take in migrant children from the notorious Jungle camp in the French port city of Calais, adding to pressure following accusations by the Red Cross that London is dragging its heels.

Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said he would press the case at a lunchtime meeting in London with his opposite number in the British government, Amber Rudd.

“There are several hundred isolated minors with family in Britain,” Cazeneuve said. “I solemnly ask Britain to live up to its moral duty,” he told RTL radio ahead of his London meeting.

The notoriously overcrowded Jungle camp is home to nearly 10,000 people who have mostly fled war and strife in countries such as Syria, Afghanistan and Africa with the ultimate goal of reaching Britain.

‘I'm going to tell British officials that the United Kingdom has to take responsibility’, says Cazeneuve

The Red Cross charity accused Britain on Sunday of leaving hundreds of young children with the right to join family in Britain in limbo in Calais, where the squalid Jungle camp is soon to be dismantled.

“Of the estimated 1,000 unaccompanied children who are currently living in the Calais ‘Jungle’, 178 have been identified as having family ties to the UK. This gives them the right to claim asylum in the same country,” the Red Cross said.

Alex Fraser, director of Red Cross refugee support, said in a statement: “Right now, the system for transferring children who have a right to be in the UK has numerous problems.

“Children, who could be rebuilding their lives in safety with their only surviving relatives, are instead being left to fend for themselves in conditions unimaginable to most adults.”

Calais is one of several spots in Western Europe faced with a huge buildups of migrants as ever-larger numbers of people flee war, persecution and poverty.

More than 11,000 migrants were rescued in the space of just 48 hours last week off the coast of Libya as they sought to cross the sea to Europe.

(REUTERS)

Date created : 2016-10-10

  • EU

    French towns protest plan to relocate Calais migrants

    Read more

  • FRANCE - MIGRANTS

    French mayor fails in bid to stop anti-migrant 'Calais Wall'

    Read more

  • FRANCE

    Hollande says Calais ‘Jungle’ camp must be ‘completely dismantled’

    Read more

COMMENT(S)