27 Oct 2016
Children’s Rights Alliance calls on Government to Urgently Provide Refuge to Children Stranded in Calais
Thursday, 27 October 2016: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Children’s Rights Alliance today responded to the news that over 100 child refugees have been left unregistered with nowhere to go following the closure of the Calais refugee camp in France.
Tanya Ward, Chief Executive of the Children’s Rights Alliance, commenting today, said that: “The Irish Government made a pledge to take 4,000 refugees and to prioritise unaccompanied minors in its International Refugee Programme. To date, only one unaccompanied minor is being relocated to Ireland under the Programme.
We know that unaccompanied minors have been exposed to serious abuse. They have no schools to attend and many are being exploited by ruthless child traffickers. We know from media reports that children as young as eight have been found unaccompanied in the Calais Camp.
Tusla (the Child and Family Agency) has considerable experience meeting the needs of unaccompanied minors or separated children. Ireland is well-placed to play a central role in supporting the relocation of these children. We are calling on the Government to urgently act to protect these children.”
For further information please contact:
Emma McKinley, Communications and Development Manager
Tel: 01 662 9400 / 087 6559067