Lilian Simonsson has made a film in Calais, Dear Prime Minister, with Safe Passage children.
We dared to hope in May that refugee children would be brought to safety in the UK following the Dubs amendment. Yet not one of them has been resettled so far…
Safe Passage UK celebrates arrival of 50th child refugee in UK.
On Thursday 8 September Safe Passage celebrated the arrival of the 49th, 50th and 51st children to be reunited with their UK-based families. The event was covered in the Guardian.
‘It is a disgrace to Europe’: former child refugee Lord Dubs on the Calais camp
Four months ago, after an intervention by the Kindertransport veteran [Lord Dubs], Britain promised to rescue hundreds of children stranded without parents in the squalor of the Calais refugee camp. They are still there – and are losing hope. The Guardian travelled to Calais with Lord Dubs to meet Safe Passage.
Calais ‘Jungle’ camp: UK urged to take in 400 refugee children
Campaigners including faith leaders, actresses Juliet Stevenson, Vanessa Redgrave and Ann Mitchell delivered a list of children Safe Passage has identified as being eligible to come to the UK to the Home Office. They urged Home Secretary Amber Rudd to accept the children – many of whom have family in Britain. Full story on the BBC
Safe Passage presented with the 2016 European Citizen’s Prize
The work of Citizens UK in Calais was honoured today in the 2016 European Citizen’s Prize. On behalf of the CUK, Safe Passage’s Senior Field Manager was presented the award by MEP Jean Lambert. Every year a panel of judges chooses laureates from across the member states who have made outstanding contributions to the promotion of cooperation and a better mutual understanding between…
Help unaccompanied minors escape the Calais camp which is threatened with immediate demolition
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Thank you to everyone who has generously donated to help us identify and reunite refugee children from the camp in Calais with their families in the UK.
Due to the impending demolition of the Calais camp, we are no longer fundraising for individual children’s casework. Our work will now focus on encouraging the UK government to offer sanctuary to as many vulnerable children as possible before the demolition begins.
With the help of social workers, NGOs and local authorities, we will be setting up a system to demonstrate to the government how they can identify the most vulnerable children in Calais, and bring them to safety in the UK. Once we have shown the authorities how this system can work, we hope that they will take over.
The set-up costs for this system will be high. We will need help finding the most vulnerable children in camp, we will need to bring qualified social workers to Calais to work with the children, we will need translators (lots of them), we need a venue, we need to organise transport.
We hope that you will help us fund this important work. It is the best chance we have of getting as many vulnerable children out of the Calais camp as possible before the demolition begins.
If we are fortunate enough to raise more than we need, donations will be used to support Safe Passage UK’s ongoing work with refugees in Greece, Italy and Northern France.