Refugees and Migrants

Bishop calls on government to continue resettling unaccompanied child refugees

25/10/2017 1:43 pm

Temporary home in the Calais 'Jungle'

One year since the ‘jungle’ camp in Calais was demolished, the lead Catholic Bishop for migration and asylum has called on the UK government to continue resettling unaccompanied child refugees.

Bishop Paul McAleenan stated:

"Pope Francis has called on us all to support young people who have been driven from their homes and separated from their families. It is a testament to our society that some unaccompanied child refugees have found sanctuary here, but there is still much more work to be done.

"Throughout Europe tens of thousands remain alone and vulnerable; we share a duty to ensure their safety and dignity. I encourage the government to continue accommodating more unaccompanied child refugees and work with our European partners to protect these young people from exploitation."