On 19/01/18 the Home Office released a policy statement on its progress in implementing section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016 which states:
“Unaccompanied refugee children: relocation and support
(1)The Secretary of State must, as soon as possible after the passing of this Act, make arrangements to relocate to the United Kingdom and support a specified number of unaccompanied refugee children from other countries in Europe.
(2)The number of children to be resettled under subsection (1) shall be determined by the Government in consultation with local authorities.
(3)The relocation of children under subsection (1) shall be in addition to the resettlement of children under the Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme.”
In 2016, the UK transferred over 900 unaccompanied asylum-seeking children to the UK from Europe. This included over 200 children transferred under the section 67 provision.
Following consultation with local authorities on capacity, the Government announced that the specified number of children to be transferred under section 67, including those already been transferred under the same provision, would be 480.
To be eligible for transfer to the UK under section 67 the unaccompanied child must:
The Government has invited referrals of eligible children from France, Greece and Italy requesting that they prioritise unaccompanied children who are:
If you would like to discuss your asylum matter you can contact one of our legal advisors on 0208 995 3556 or by email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The full policy statement can be read here