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Lone child refugees stranded in Europe have been left vulnerable to exploitation and trafficking after being failed by the British government, a new report claims. Ministers were accused of doing "as little as legally possible" to help minors who are unaccompanied or separated from relatives. The assessment is based on…
Home Secretary Amber Rudd has said the UK will expand a scheme for vulnerable Syrian refugees to include those from other countries affected by the conflict. Ms Rudd said widening the scope of the Syrian vulnerable persons resettlement scheme would help the most vulnerable people in the region. Some 7,307…
Unaccompanied child refugees entitled to come to the UK are still "wandering around France", ministers in the Lords have been told. Liberal Democrat Baroness Sheehan said the "chaotic" demolition of the Jungle camp in Calais had led to the dispersal of hundreds of unaccompanied minors to centres around France. She…
A scholarship scheme for refugees and asylum seekers will run for a second year following a successful pilot, the University of Bristol has announced. Introduced last year, the Sanctuary Scholarship Scheme offers support towards the cost of full or part-time undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. Its aim is to enhance opportunities…
Campaigners are launching a High Court challenge over the number of unaccompanied child refugees accepted into the UK under the Dubs scheme. The charity Help Refugees claims the consultation process by which Home Secretary Amber Rudd calculated only 480 should be accepted was "fundamentally flawed". Actress and activist Juliet Stevenson…
Conservative members of a Holyrood committee have "dissented" from an official report which claims "destitution is built into the UK asylum process". The Scottish Parliament's Equalities and Human Rights Committee investigated asylum and destitution, where people are left without adequate accommodation or the ability to meet essential living needs. Committee…
Pregnant women and new mothers are among thousands of refugees and asylum seekers left destitute in the UK, a leading charity has warned. The British Red Cross said it came to the aid of 5,438 people, including dependants, without adequate access to food, housing or healthcare between January and March…
More than 60,000 lone children applied for asylum in EU countries last year, new figures show. The bloc's member states registered a total of 63,290 unaccompanied minors seeking international protection in 2016 - equivalent to 173 every day. This was a fall of a third compared with the 96,465 in…
Thousands of refugees in the UK run the risk of homelessness and destitution due to a lack of support from the Government, a cross-party report has found. People granted refugee status after going through the asylum process receive less support than refugees brought to the UK through Government-led resettlement schemes,…
An investigation has been launched into the death of a man held at an immigration removal centre. The 43-year-old man, who has not been identified, had been detained at The Verne in Portland, Dorset. He died at the centre on Sunday. A Home Office spokeswoman said: "We can confirm that…
An immigration removal centre has been hit by surging levels of violence and drug use, an inspection report has warned. Morton Hall near Lincoln has seen a "significant decline" in safety, with rising numbers of assaults on detainees and staff. An official watchdog raised concerns about the impact of new…
Four men have been held at an immigration removal centre for more than two years as it emerged the average length of detention there has increased, inspectors found. A report revealed detainees at Brook House Immigration Removal Centre near Gatwick Airport had seen their average length of detention increase from…
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