We make reunions like this a reality. Many refugees, mostly unaccompanied children, have travelled safely and legally to the UK thanks to the work of Safe Passage UK.
Around 150 unaccompanied refugee children have been given sanctuary in the UK under the Dubs amendment, which offers vulnerable child refugees in Europe protection in the UK.
Over 750 children have been brought to the UK from Calais through the new state-led transfer system.
13,700 children crossed the Mediterranean in the first seven months of 2016, double the amount for the same period last year.
Thousands of refugee children are at risk in Europe right now. It is estimated that there are over 1,000 unaccompanied children in France. There are many more in Greece and Italy. Some of those children have a legal right to travel safely to the UK, either because they have close family here who can look after them, or because of the Dubs amendment to the Immigration Bill, which states that some unaccompanied children in Europe who are extremely vulnerable will be offered asylum in the UK.
We want to help them access those rights.
We are always looking for pro-bono lawyers, legal support staff and paralegal administrators who are able to guide claimants through the complex process of claiming asylum in the UK. We have a system in place to guide and support all volunteers with this essential work.FIND OUT MORE
Our brilliant translators and interpreters keep our work going. If you can spare an odd hour, or are keen to help on a more regular basis, we would love you to get in touch.FIND OUT MORE
We are always on the lookout for volunteers. Whatever your skills, experience or availability, our dedicated volunteer coordinator will make sure to put your time to the best possible use.FIND OUT MORE
The Safe Passage UK team in Calais introduced the BBC to Omar, who told them his story.
Produced and Directed by Charlie Newland
Produced by Joe Inwood, Ibrat Jumaboyev
Adnan was just 14 when he made up his mind to leave Syria and make his way to Calais – the only chance he had to join his surviving relative, his brother, in the UK. For much of his five months in the Calais “jungle” camp he was entirely alone.Read More
“When I arrived in Calais, I managed to find my classmate from Syria in the camp who had left before me. It was hard because I didn’t have a phone and didn’t know anyone else. I couldn’t speak much English or French and wasn’t told about the youth centre, so I had nothing to do but wait.”Read More