Unaccompanied child refugees are found all over Europe, but certain regions have higher concentrations of vulnerable minors. The Safe Passage head office is based in London but we also have established presence in France, Italy, Greece and a small but growing team in Brussels.
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In October 2016, the Calais “Jungle” camp was demolished, but the issue of unaccompanied refugee children in France didn’t go away with it. Across the country, thousands of children still have no access to asylum.
Some of them have family in the UK that they want to join, risking their lives by jumping on lorries in their attempts to cross the border. This is because there’s insufficient information about the safe and legal routes they have the right to access in order to be reunited with their families. As a result, today in Calais, Dunkirk and Paris, hundreds of unaccompanied minors are sleeping rough and at risk of violence and abuse.
Our team in France opened the first legal route to family reunification between France and UK. This was the first transfer of an unaccompanied minor under the EU’s Dublin III regulation. Our team continues to help child refugees access their rights to family reunion so they can travel safely and legally to the UK.
Our team in France are focused on the harmonisation of family reunion across the whole of the country so that child refugees no longer need to go to the Calais region in order to reach family, putting themselves at risk of trafficking in the process.
We are partnering with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Paris to provide legal advice on family reunification in their centre for unaccompanied refugee minors. We’re dedicated to training public and private actors to help improve the family reunion processes, making sure even more partners and lawyers can help.
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