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14 March 2017

Legal developments


On Tuesday 28 February we were granted permission to bring legal action over Home Office’s failure to implement family reunification for unaccompanied refugee children in Europe


Mrs Justice Lang granted Citizens UK permission to go to a full hearing in order to challenge the Government’s failure to take adequate steps to ensure that unaccompanied children who spent months living in the ‘Jungle’ in Calais in 2016, and have now been dispersed to centres across France, are able to access their right to join their families in the UK.


Citizens UK is challenging the Government’s failure to take steps to protect these children’s rights prior to the demolition of the Jungle, and its continuing failure to deliver and operate an effective system under the Dublin III Regulation to facilitate the transfer of unaccompanied child refugees. The government’s failure has meant charities such as us have been forced to do the government’s job by carrying out the necessary legal and logistical work. “There is no functioning state system and what system there is, is currently almost entirely dependent on private actors,” the documents state.


The case will be heard on 23 and 24 May.