Two hundred asylum-seeking children, some under the age of 16, are missing from makeshift hotels in Britain, the government said on Tuesday, raising new questions about ministers’ treatment. immigration management.
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s government is under double pressure on immigration: from those who say he has failed to protect Britain’s borders from migrants arriving in small boats and others for that the government did not treat the arrivals properly.
Immigration Minister Robert Jenrick was called to parliament by a member of the Green Party on Tuesday to explain the media reports of missing children.
Jenrick said 13 of the 200 missing children were under the age of 16 and one was female, with about 88% of those missing coming from Albania. He said the government is fulfilling its duty to protect children.
Jenrick told parliament: “The movement of people under the age of 18 in and out of hotels is monitored and reported, and they are accompanied by social workers when participating in organized activities.
“We do not have the power to detain unaccompanied asylum-seekers in these facilities.”
The number of people arriving in Britain via the Channel has more than doubled in the past two years, with government figures showing Albanians account for the highest number of arrivals along this route.
Last year, ministers came under pressure over squalid living conditions and overcrowding at a migrant detention facility and faced threats of legal action from rights groups and federations. public sector workers.
The site was later cleared of migrants.
Responding to Jenrick, Green Party lawmaker Caroline Lucas said the children were at risk of being robbed, kidnapped and raped by criminals.
“This is horrible,” Lucas said. “Vulnerable children are being abandoned by the Home Office. A lot of them are missing… we are asking the Home Office to put in place some basic safeguards so that we can keep them safe. all for you.”
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