The first group of child refugees has finally made their way from the Calais camp in France to the UK. At least 14 children have now been relocated to the UK, but this wasn’t before months of agony that they suffered in the Calais camp. The children that left leave behind around 800 additional child refugees who they undoubtedly call friends. The time these children have spent in the Calais camp ranges from months to possibly even a year – there is a serious lack of statistics and research regarding the population of Calais. However, it must be recognized that the issue of unaccompanied minors has been an ongoing discussion since at least November 2015. The questions that beg to be asked are why has it taken so long for the British government to resettle these children in the UK and what will happen to the hundreds that remain trapped in the camp?
In the long term, both the UK and France must work together to address the needs of the adult refugees that remain in the Calais camp, or in the Dunkirk camp if they are relocated thereYara al-Wazir