The UK must offer not just physical safety to refugee children, but also stability and permanence

Today the House of Lords will debate an amendment to the Immigration Bill calling for the resettlement of 3,000 unaccompanied refugee children to the UK. When calling for support for his amendment, Lord Dubs has compared the situation now to that in 1938 and 1939, when the UK was the only European country to permit Kinderstransport children to enter. Certainly it…


Report: Growing up in a hostile environment

‘Undocumented children are triply vulnerable, as migrants, as persons in an irregular situation and as children. The laws tend to tackle their situation from a migration and status standpoint, and not from a child viewpoint’ Council of Europe A recent estimate put the number of undocumented migrant children in the UK at 120,000, with over…



Report: Navigating the system – advice provision for young refugees and migrants

‘Every child matters even if they are someone subject to immigration control’  Prompted by concerns raised through our advice and casework that many services for young refugees and migrants in England were inadequate, unavailable or facing an uncertain future, Coram Children’s Legal Centre undertook a review of the level and quality of advice and representation…