The situation in the Calais jungle has reached crisis point, with food supplies and basic provisions running out, and most worryingly, the threat of an imminent demolition by French authorities, without any clear plan in place. So the pressure is on to get the unaccompanied children in Calais out of there as soon as possible. There are 387 unaccompanied child refugees in Calais whose individual names have been handed in to Amber Rudd at the Home Office on a list. 178 of these children are Dublin category children who have legal entitlement to Family Reunion here in the UK because they have close family members here waiting for them. The other 209 have been identified as particularly vulnerable and are therefore in the Dubs Amendment category.
Two ways you can help now
1. Contact your local council to ask them what - under the Lord Dubs' Amendment to Parliament's Immigration Act earlier this year - they are doing about committing to taking some of the unaccompanied child refugees that the UK has pledged to take under that Act. (Up to 3000 was the figure and as yet not one single refugee child has arrived under this scheme.) Ask your council what provisions they are making for them - several London Councils have made strong commitments already. This could also be strengthened also by contacting any faith leaders and asking them to bring pressure to bear.
2. The second action is to lobby your MP to ask what he/she is doing to urge Government to honour the commitments made under the Dubs Amendment and get a move on with bringing these children over, before the camp eviction renders them homeless and extremely vulnerable therefore to traffickers who encircle Calais. Last time the camp was partially evicted In March this year, 129 children went missing off the radar. Four children have now died attempting to reach the UK on lorries, the last died last weekend when he was thrown from a lorry and was hit by several vehicles, who did not stop. He was 14 and had a brother here in the UK so was legally entitled to be here.