Children and young people face new harm from the Nationality and Borders Act

Coram Children’s Legal Centre warns that the Nationality and Borders Act, which received Royal Assent and has become law today, risks compounding harm to a significant number of children and young people as it departs from long-standing principles of international law as well as existing safeguarding frameworks in the UK. The Act has faced innumerable…



Deaths in the English Channel  

We were deeply saddened to hear of at least three children and one unborn baby dying in tragic circumstances last week in the English Channel. We express our condolences to all those who knew and loved those who lost their lives. CCLC works every day with children and young people who have fled conflict and persecution and we will do all…


The rights of unaccompanied children arriving in Kent

The Refugee and Migrant Children’s Consortium is a coalition of organisations working to promote the rights of children. We are deeply concerned about recent reports of what is happening to unaccompanied children who are arriving in Kent. 26 July 2021 We know from news, reports and our members’ work that too many children are being held…


Shortfall in children securing status through the EU settlement scheme

With less than a week to go before the deadline for applications to the EU settlement scheme, Coram Children’s Legal Centre is concerned that not all eligible children have applied. Applications from children have not yet met the numbers estimated to be needed in 2018, even though the number of applications overall has significantly outstripped…


London’s children and young people who are not British citizens: A profile

A new study by the University of Wolverhampton has estimated that over 215,000 children are growing up in the UK without any formal immigration status. Some arrived in the UK as children and over half were born in the UK. Without their papers, children can access basic healthcare and go to school, but once they…



Age assessment guidance for young asylum seekers challenged

After many years of concerns being raised by NGOs working with asylum seekers, the Home Office has significantly revised its age assessment guidance following a Court of Appeal finding that its policy regarding age disputes was unlawful. Age disputes are a significant problem facing young migrants. Many children seeking protection in the UK are unable…


Immigration policy on assessing age of young asylum seekers found to be unlawful

Coram Children’s Legal Centre (CCLC) has today welcomed this week’s judgment from the Court of Appeal finding Home Office policy regarding young asylum seekers and age disputes to be unlawful. Age disputes are a significant problem facing young migrants and Kamena Dorling of CCLC, as co-chair of the Refugee and Migrant Children’s Consortium, provided a…


Home Office freezes immigration and nationality fees

In a major win for campaigning organisations, the Home Office will not be raising most immigration and nationality fees for the 2019/20 financial year. The Home Office may have declined to raise fees in line with its usual practice because of the impending publication of a review of Home Office fees, due in March 2019.…


Labour pledges to end ‘rip off’ Home Office fees in immigration cases

Let Us Learn and Coram Children’s Legal Centre, working together on the ‘We Belong’ campaign, welcome today’s pledge from Labour to end the current ‘rip off’ of immigration application fees by reducing them to closer reflect the actual cost price of processing applications. As noted in the speech by Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott, many…